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Comparing immigration policies: an overview from the IMPALA database

Beine, Michel, Boucher, Anna, Burgoon, Brian, Crock, Mary, Gest, Justin, Hiscox, Michael, McGovern, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-3984-2080, Rapoport, Hillel, Schaper, Joep and Thielemann, Eiko R. (2016) Comparing immigration policies: an overview from the IMPALA database. International Migration Review, 50 (4). pp. 827-863. ISSN 0197-9183

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Identification Number: 10.1111/imre.12169


This paper introduces a method and preliminary findings from a database that systematically measures the character and stringency of immigration policies. Based on the selection of that data for nine countries between 1999 and 2008, we challenge the idea that any one country is systematically the most or least restrictive toward admissions. The data also reveal trends toward more complex and, often, more restrictive regulation since the 1990s, as well as differential treatment of groups, such as lower requirements for highly skilled than low-skilled labor migrants. These patterns illustrate the IMPALA data and methods but are also of intrinsic importance to understanding immigration regulation.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Center for Migration Studies of New York.
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4450 Databases
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 11:14
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:12
Funders: •University of Amsterdam's Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, •University of Sydney's School of Social and Political Science and Faculty of Law, •Harvard Weatherhead Institute of International Affairs, •Ian Potter Foundation, •Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, •Australian Research Council, •British Academy, •European Union Framework 7 Program PEGGED, •London School of Economics and Political Science including STICERD, •Barrow Cadbury Trust, •Madrid Centro Internacional de Estudios Económicos y Sociales, •University of Luxembourg and National Research Fundof Luxembourg

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