Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics

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

Anna Piil Damm ()
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Anna Piil Damm: Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, Postal: The Aarhus School of Business, Prismet, Silkeborgvej 2, DK 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Abstract: This paper exploits a dispersal policy for refugee immigrants to estimate the importance of local and regional factors for refugees’ location preferences. 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

JEL-codes: J15; R15

84 pages, September 2, 2005

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

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