Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161117
Authors: 
Gehrsitz, Markus
Ungerer, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10494
Abstract: 
Millions of refugees made their way to Europe between 2014 and 2015, with over one million arriving in Germany alone. Yet, little is known about the impact of this inflow on labor markets, crime, and voting behavior. This article uses administrative data on refugee allocation and provides an evaluation of the short-run consequences of the refugee inflow. Our identification strategy exploits that a scramble for accommodation determined the assignment of refugees to German counties resulting in exogeneous variations in the number of refugees per county within and across states. Our estimates suggest that migrants have not displaced native workers but have themselves struggled to find gainful employment. We find very small increases in crime in particular with respect to drug offenses and fare-dodging. Our analysis further suggests that counties which experience a larger influx see neither more nor less support for the main anti-immigrant party than counties which experience small migrant inflows.
Subjects: 
immigration
refugees
unemployment
crime
voting
JEL: 
J6
J15
K4
D72
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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