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No 05-2:
Immigrants’ Location Preferences: Exploiting a Natural Experiment

Anna Piil Damm ()

Abstract: This paper exploits a dispersal policy for refugee immigrants to

estimate the importance of local and regional factors for refugees’ location


The main results of a mixed proportional hazard competing risks

model are that placed refugees react to high regional unemployment

and lack of a local immigrant population by migrating to large municipalities.

Lack of local fellow countrymen, however, increases the

exit rate to medium-sized as well as large municipalities. This finding

is likely to be a result of the dispersal policy. Finally, refugees react

strongly to assignment to small municipalities by migrating mainly to

medium-sized municipalities.

Keywords: Location Preferences; Internal Migration; Immigrants; Dispersal Policies; Duration Analysis; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J15; R15; (follow links to similar papers)

84 pages, September 2, 2005

Published as “Determinants of Recent Immigrants’ Location Choices: Quasi-Experimental Evidence”. Journal of Population Economics 2009, 22(1): 145-174

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