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The Effects of Admission Policies on Rates of Family Migration in European States, 2008-2019
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1412-7873
2024 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, E-ISSN 1799-649X, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 2-23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates whether and how much family migration policies have influenced patterns of family migration in European states. Family migration has been the largest category of entry in many Western countries in recent decades, and it has been the subject of increasing contestation in political debates. While research on family migration policies has advanced in recent years, no comprehensive cross-country comparisons have been done of the impact of different policies on the size and composition of family migrant inflows. This study addresses this gap by analysing the connection between admission policies and rates of family migration in 31 European states during the 2008 to 2019 period. Combining data from Eurostat and the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), this study uses a time-series regression analysis to assess the effects of admission policies on different types of family related immigration. While restrictive admission policies have led to falling overall levels of family migration, the analysis here reveals stratifying implications, whereby the effect has been greater where the sponsor is a non-EU citizen than where he/she is an EU citizen. By providing evidence on the differential impacts of admission policies on family related immigration, this study contributes new insights on the effects of restrictive migration policies.

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Helsinki University Press, 2024. Vol. 14, no 3, p. 2-23
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Family migration, Admission policies, Stratification, European countries, Time-series cross-country analysis
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-527293DOI: 10.33134/njmr.707ISI: 001216811800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-527293DiVA, id: diva2:1854776
Available from: 2024-04-26 Created: 2024-04-26 Last updated: 2024-05-27Bibliographically approved

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