Policies on Illegal Immigration in a Federation

Posted: 27 Sep 2019

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Karin Mayr-Dorn

Johannes Kepler University of Linz

Tim Krieger

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics

Steffen Minter

University of Paderborn - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Illegal immigration is a major policy challenge in Europe, in particular in countries on the external border of the EU such as Italy or Spain. However, there are likely to be important effects on the rest of the EU, too, depending on the policies against illegal immigration in border countries. This paper determines optimal enforcement and amnesty policies on immigration in a two-country, two-instrument setting with international spill-overs from onward migration within a federation, taking into account the interactions between the two types of policies. Among other results we find that total enforcement spending is too low to maximize joint welfare in the federation.

Keywords: illegal immigration, enforcement, amnesty, EU cooperation

JEL Classification: F2, H7, R5

Suggested Citation

Mayr-Dorn, Karin and Krieger, Tim and Minter, Steffen, Policies on Illegal Immigration in a Federation (2012). Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol. 42, No. 1-2, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3455891

Karin Mayr-Dorn (Contact Author)

Johannes Kepler University of Linz ( email )

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Linz, Upper Austria 4040
Austria

Tim Krieger

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics ( email )

University of Freiburg
Wilhelmstr. 1b
Freiburg, D-79085
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.wguth.uni-freiburg.de

Steffen Minter

University of Paderborn - Department of Economics ( email )

Warburger Str. 100
D-33098 Paderborn
Germany

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