Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/197333
Authors: 
Schikora, Felicitas
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research No. 1035
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes the effect of a recently introduced policy reform on participation in integration courses and on certified language proficiency levels among refugees in Germany. The residence rule restricts initial residence for refugees with a permanent residence permit. Given that treatment intensity varies distinctly across states, I utilize this quasi-experiment and apply a difference-in-differences approach. Using an innovative data-set, the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees, I find that stricter statutory provisions have a positive effect on the probability to complete a language course and on the level of certified language proficiency. The results indicate that this effect is driven partly by spatial mismatch.
Subjects: 
Migration
Refugees
Language Acquisition
Placement Restriction
Quasi-Experiment
JEL: 
J15
J60
K37
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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