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Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers
Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: The Evils of Forced Migration: Do Integration Policies Alleviate Migrants' Economic Situations?
Authors: Falck, Oliver
Heblich, Stephan
Link, Susanne
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Citation: Falck O, Heblich S & Link S (2011) The Evils of Forced Migration: Do Integration Policies Alleviate Migrants' Economic Situations?. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2011-14.
Keywords: Forced Migration
Integration policy
JEL Code(s): N30
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2011-14
Abstract: Armed conflicts, natural disasters and infrastructure projects continue to force millions into migration. This is especially true for developing countries. After World War II, about 8 million ethnic Germans experienced a similar situation when forced to leave their homelands and settle within the new borders of West Germany. Subsequently, a law was introduced to foster their labor market integration. We evaluate the success of this law using unique retrospective individual-level panel data. We find that the law improved expellees’ overall situation but failed to restore their pre-war occupation status. This holds implications for the design of integration policies today.
Type: Working or Discussion Paper
Affiliation: Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Germany
Munich Graduate School of Economics

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