Reconciling the Estimates of Potential Migration into the Enlarged European Union

35 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2007

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Anzelika Zaiceva

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: December 2006

Abstract

This paper briefly reviews the existing literature on potential migration into the enlarged European Union, reconciles the results with recent evidence and presents an additional migration scenario. The estimation procedure accounts for both sending and receiving countries' unobserved heterogeneity, and in the simulations a counterfactual scenario is calculated, in which all EU member states introduce free movement of workers simultaneously in 2011. The results suggest that the overall level of migration from the East will amount to around 1 percent of the EU15 population within a decade after enlargement, and that the legal introduction of free movement of workers will not increase immigration significantly. These findings are compared both with the previous literature and emerging evidence.

Keywords: migration extrapolations, EU enlargement, panel data

JEL Classification: F22, J11, J61

Suggested Citation

Zaiceva, Anzelika, Reconciling the Estimates of Potential Migration into the Enlarged European Union (December 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2519, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=956385

Anzelika Zaiceva (Contact Author)

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