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Title:The political economy of refugee migration PDF Logo
Authors:Czaika, Mathias
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // University of Freiburg, Department of International Economic Policy 7
Abstract:This article examines the driving forces of the magnitude, composition and duration of refugee movements caused by conflict and persecution. The decision to seek temporary or permanent refuge in the region of origin or in a more distant asylum destination is based on inter-temporal optimization. We find that asylum seeking in Western countries is rather a phenomenon of comparatively less persecuted people. In an attempt to reduce their respective asylum burdens, Western countries and host countries in the region of origin are likely to end up in a race to the bottom of restrictive asylum policies. As an alternative, this study shows that proactive refugee-related aid transfers are, under certain circumstances, an effective instrument to relieve Western countries from asylum pressure.
Subjects:Refugee Movements
Asylum Policy
Foreign Aid
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:iep Discussion Paper Series, Department of International Economic Policy, Universität Freiburg

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