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Title:Immigrant performance and selective immigration policy: a European perspective PDF Logo
Authors:Constant, Amelie F.
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1715
Abstract:The European Union aims at a stronger participation by its population in work to foster growth and welfare. There are concerns about the attachment of immigrants to the labour force, and discussions about the necessary policy responses. Integrated labour and migration policies are needed. The employment chances of the low-skilled are limited. Whereas Europe could benefit from a substantive immigration policy that imposes selection criteria that are more in line with economic needs, the substantial immigration into the European Union follows largely non-economic motives. This paper discusses the economic rationale of a selective immigration policy and provides empirical evidence about the adverse effects of current selection mechanisms.
Subjects:migration policy
ethnicity
migrant workers
asylum seekers
family reunification
JEL:F22
J15
J31
J61
J68
J82
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)
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