Barriers to humanitarian migration, traumatic events and integration outcomes: Evidence from Germany
May 20, 2020 12:30 - 13:30
Teresa Freitas-Monteiro (PhD Candidate, IAB), Lars Ludolph (PhD Candidate, LSE)
In this study we estimate the hidden cost of restrictive migration policies and highlight the need for health-related support among refugees. The traumatic events asylum seekers experience at origin due to exposure to violent conflict and during the journey to the EU may have lasting negative effects on their economic and social integration in the destination country. We hypothesize that the mechanism at play is a relative decline in mental well-being caused by these events. To test our hypothesis, we combine information on the intensity of conflict at countries of origin from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program with the IAB-BAMF-SOEP refugee survey that includes detailed information on experiences of asylum seekers' journey (e.g. victimization), pre-migration refugee characteristics and post-migration integration outcomes (e.g. educational attainment, social behaviour). We also utilise German employment biography data linked to survey respondents to analyse the short- and medium-term labour market implications of these traumatic events. Please note that this project is in a very early stage.