Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/142379
Authors: 
Andersen, Torben M.
Migali, Silvia
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9940
Abstract: 
There is wide concern that migration flows may undermine the financial viability of generous welfare arrangements. The discussion focuses on welfare arrangements as attractors of migrants, suggesting that the issue does not pertain to migrant workers. However, this overlooks how welfare arrangements affect return-migration in case of social events like job loss. Importantly, migrants are shown to be self-selected in a way affecting both migration and return-migration. Two migration regimes prevail. In one, with relatively low benefits, unemployed workers return, while in the other some stay. Importantly, the stay or return migration decision is more sensitive to welfare generosity than the migration decision.
Subjects: 
migrant workers
return-migration
job-loss
unemployment benefits
JEL: 
F22
J68
I31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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