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Voter Beliefs, Electoral Concerns and Undocumented Migration

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If voters underestimate the benefits that immigrants bring to their country, policy makers need to campaign for suboptimal migration levels in order to win elections. Once in power, they face a trade-off between keeping electoral promises by restricting immigration and stimulating the economy by favoring immigration. One solution to this trade-off may be maintaining high barriers to legal migration, while keeping a blind eye on undocumented migration.

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Berlinschi, R. and Squicciarini, M. (2013) Voter Beliefs, Electoral Concerns and Undocumented Migration. Open Journal of Political Science, 3, 143-145. doi: 10.4236/ojps.2013.34020.

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