Information Campaigns and Migration Perceptions

55 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2023

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Erminia Florio

University of Rome Tor Vergata; HEC Montréal

Date Written: July 31, 2023


The research studies the effect of information campaigns on migration on perceptions and intentions to migrate among high school students in Dakar, Senegal. Through a randomized experiment, I analyze the role of expectations, migration perceptions, and intention to migrate and assess if (and, if so, which) actors and information content are effective the most in shaping students’ migration intention and perceptions. I find that students display a high level of distrust in domestic labor markets, and the information treatment with an external expert reduces the misperceptions on some measures of labor market statistics but has no effect on the perception of the illegal journey. In addition, narratives reduce the willingness to migrate illegally, but none of the treatments has impacts on the intention to migrate. The effect of narratives is stronger for students with close family members abroad.

Keywords: Migration intentions, information provision, expectations

JEL Classification: , information provision, expectations. JEL Codes:

Suggested Citation

Florio, Erminia, Information Campaigns and Migration Perceptions (July 31, 2023). CEIS Working Paper No. 564, Available at SSRN: or

Erminia Florio (Contact Author)

University of Rome Tor Vergata ( email )

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Rome, Lazio 00133

HEC Montréal ( email )

3000 Chemin de la Cote-Sainte-Catherine
Montréal, CA Québec H3T 2A7

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