Dynamics of mass migration

Alexandra Brausmann, Slobodan Djajic

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Armed conflicts, natural disasters, environmental degradation, or other crises can trigger massive population movements that present a serious challenge for the destination countries. We provide a theoretical analysis of the dynamics of population movements and their interaction with border-control policy of destination authorities. Our model exhibits a trade-off between the speed of the border-control response and the total cost of bringing immigration flows back to a target level. Simulations of the model, based on the 2015 Syrian refugee crisis, also highlight the implications of criminalizing human-smuggling activity and the influence of a diaspora on the dynamics of migration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1414-1431
Number of pages18
JournalReview of International Economics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 502046 Economic policy


  • MR
  • mass migration
  • refugees
  • immigration control
  • climate change

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