Net-immigration of developing countries: The role of economic determinants, disasters, conflicts, and political instability

Thomas Ziesemer


We provide regressions for the net immigration flows of developing countries. We show that (i) savings finance emigration and worker remittances serve to make staying rather than migrating possible; (ii) lagged dependent migration flows have a negative sign in the presence of migration stock variables; (iii) stocks of migrants in six OECD countries and in the developing countries have non-linear effects. Some of the non-linear effects vanish if indicators for disasters, conflicts and political instability are taken into account.

JEL-code: F22, O15.

Keywords: migration, remittances, disasters, conflicts, political instability.

UNU-MERIT Working Papers ISSN 1871-9872

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