The impact of policies on immigration flows and immigrant’s behavior
This project studies the impact of policies on immigration flows and immigrants' behavior. Migration policies might affect the attractiveness of destination countries and the resulting skill-distribution of immigrants. The latter are often positively selected, which means that they are on average more educated than the native non-emigrating population. This selection is not neutral on the origin and destination countries’ economies. At the same time, migration policies defining the immigrants' legal status at destination are likely to affect immigrants' behavior, in particular in terms of language skill investment and financial transfers. Examples of questions addressed include: How do migration policies affect a country’s attractiveness for prospective immigrants? What is the impact of immigrants’ skill selection on the origin and destination countries’ economies? What is the effect of immigrants’ return intention on their investment behavior?