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Refugees’ Self-Selection into Europe

Who Migrates Where?

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Economic Policy

Europe received about 1.4 million refugees and irregular migrants in 2015 and 2016. The extent of these mostly unregulated inflows into EU territory has left policymakers in the dark about the characteristics and motives of these recent immigrants. How do the reasons for migrating differ between refugees and (irregular) economic migrants? How are the recent flows of refugees and migrants selected from the source populations in terms of educational and demographic characteristics? These questions have important implications for the design of integration and development policies.

Some answers will be provided at the next MEDAM Seminar with Cevat Giray Aksoy, Principal Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Cevat Giray will present recent findings of his joint research with Prof. Panu Poutvaara (ifo Institute) on the self-selection of refugees. Their empirical analysis draws on unique datasets from the International Organization for Migration and Gallup World Polls.
The presentation will be followed by a discussion of the results and possible implications for EU and national policymakers in the area of migration. A live stream will be available during the event.

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Registration from 15.30 – Meeting from 16.00 to 17.30

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Andreas Backhaus Andreas Backhaus

Andreas Backhaus

Research Fellow

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Cevat Giray Aksoy

Principal Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development


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Economic Policy

Refugees’ Self-Selection into Europe

Who Migrates Where?

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CEPS Conference room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels
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Day 1 - Thursday
Anne-Marie Boudou Anne-Marie Boudou
Anne-Marie Boudou
+32 (0)2 229 39 12
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