Immigration Laws and the Performance of Immigrants

Forskningsenhed: EPRU

The design of immigration laws affects the composition of the immigrant inflow and the economic performance of immigrants in the destination countries. Policy makers may for instance influence immigrants’ incentives to invest in human capital in the destination country through the duration of the residence permit or through the rights of trailing spouses. The return to acquiring knowledge that is specific to the destination country is increasing in the expected length of stay. A myriad of residence permits exists. The specific design vary across countries and time and no evaluation has yet linked the policies to the outcomes of immigrants entering under different policies. I will investigate the relationship between immigration policies and the economic performance of immigrants. I will do this by the use of unique data on type of permit from 1997-2011 linked to register data over the same period. The data will be released for the first time this year by Statistics Denmark, and I have already been promised access to this new source of information. The link between permits and the economic performance of the permit holders is unique by international comparisons.

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