European Migration: What Do We Know?

Hardcover | March 24, 2005

EditorKlaus F. Zimmermann

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Developed countries, especially in Europe, face a number of issue related to migration: social and economic disruptions caused by the declining demand for unskilled labour and resulting unemployment, a shortage of skilled labour in many professions, increasing international competition forhighly qualified human capital, radical demographic changes, and the forthcoming expansion of the European Union, which will trigger further immigration into major European countries and create new market opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe.This suggests a need for a deeper knowledge of the causes and consequences of increased labour mobility. This is especially important when it is associated with tension and fears among native populations. This book brings together analyses of migration issues in major European countries, andcompares evidence with more countries that have traditionally seen the most immigration.First, it studies migration streams since World War II, and reviews major migration policy regimes. Second, it summarizes the empirical evidence measuring wages, unemployment, and occupational choices. Third, it investigates how migrants affects the labour markets of their host countries, andevaluates econometric studies into the wage and employment consequences of immigration. Surprisingly, there is wide evidence that immigration is largely beneficial for receiving countries. There might be phases of adjustment, but there is no convincing evidence that natives' wages are depressed or unemployment increases as a consequence of migrant inflow. However, there is a growingimpression that migration does serve less and less the needs of the labour market. This suggests a stronger focus on economic channels of immigration, for which the book provides a conceptual basis and the required empirical facts and institutional background.

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Developed countries, especially in Europe, face a number of issue related to migration: social and economic disruptions caused by the declining demand for unskilled labour and resulting unemployment, a shortage of skilled labour in many professions, increasing international competition forhighly qualified human capital, radical demogra...

Klaus Zimmermann is Professor of Economics at Bonn University and Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA Bonn). He is also President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Honorary Professor of Economics at the Free University of Berlin, Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CE...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:688 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.65 inPublished:March 24, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. K. F. Zimmermann: The Economics of Migration2. T. Bengtsson, C. Lundh and K. Scott: From Boom to Bust: The Economic Integration of Immigrants in Postwar Sweden3. P. J. Pedersen: Migration in an Scandanavian Welfare State: The Recent Danish Experience4. A. Barrett: Irish Migration: Characteristics, Causes, and Consequences5. T. J. Hatton and S. Wheatley Price: Migration, Migrants, and Policy in the United Kingdom6. J. C. van Ours and J. Veenman: The Netherlands: Old Emigrants -- Young Immigrant Country7. T. Bauer, B. Dietz, K. F. Zimmermann, and E. Zwintz: German Migration: Development, Assimilation, and Labour Market Effects8. A. Constant, M. Baganha, P. Gois, and P. Telhado Pereira: Immigrant Adjustment in France and Impacts on the Natives9. A. Venturini and D. Del Boca: Italian Migration10. N. Glytsos and L. Katseli: Greek Migration: The two faces of Janus11. O. Bover and P Velilla: Migrations in Spain: Historical Background and Current Trends12. M. Baganha, P Gois, and P, Pereira: International Migration from and to Portugal: What Do We Know and Where Are We Going?13. S. Neuman: Aliyah to Israel: Immigration Under Conditions of Adversity14. B. R. Chiswick and T. A. Sullivan: The New Immigrants (USA)15. D. De Voretz and S. A. Laryea: Canadian Immigration Experience: Any Lesson for Europe?16. R. Winkelmann: Europeans in the Antipodes: New Zealand's Mixed Immigration Experience