Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/172328
Authors: 
Giménez-Gómez, José-Manuel
Yabibal Mulualem Walle
Zergawu, Yitagesu Zewdu
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Papers, Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research 330
Abstract: 
The current migration and refugee crisis in Europe requires an understanding of the different migration drivers beyond the well-known economic determinants. In this paper, we view migration from a broader human security perspective and analyze the determinants of regular and irregular migration flows from Africa to Europe for the period 1990-2014. Our results show that, in addition to economic determinants, a combination of push and pull factors influence the migration decisions of individuals. In particular, rising political persecution, ethnic cleansing, human rights violations, political instability and civil conflicts in African source countries are all significantly associated with increased migration flows into European destination countries. Therefore, our results underscore the need for the EU and European countries to collaborate with the source countries, not only in terms of supporting economic development in the source countries, but also in promoting human security: human rights, democracy, peace and social stability.
Subjects: 
international migration
asylum seeker
refugee crisis
human security
Poisson Pseudo-Maximum Likelihood
JEL: 
F22
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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