Visas reduce immigration… and return: New working paper
- 8 April 2014
The effectiveness of migration policy remains a highly contested issue in the media, politics and academia alike. This new IMI working paper addresses how immigration policies – specifically visa requirements – affect migration.
The authors, IMI Co-Director Hein de Haas and Senior Researcher Mathias Czaika, use two new databases compiled as part of the DEMIG (Determinants of International Migration) project to provide evidence that:
- Visas reduce immigration and return migration
- Visas interrupt circulation of migrants and push them into permanent settlement
- Visas make migration less responsive to economic opportunities in origin and destination countries