Do Immigrants Import Terrorism?
Forthcoming, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
30 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2020
Date Written: July 31, 2019
The relationship between immigration and terrorism is an important public policy concern. Using bilateral migration data for 174 countries from 1995 to 2015, we estimate the relationship between levels of immigration and terrorism using an instrumental variables (IV) strategy based on the initial distribution of immigrants in destination countries. We specifically investigate rates of immigration from Muslim Majority Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries and countries engaged in conflicts. We find no relationship between stocks of immigrants and terrorism, whether measured by the number of attacks or victims, in destination countries.
Keywords: immigration, terrorism, MENA, Muslim Majority Middle Eastern and North African countries, immigration rates, international security
JEL Classification: F22, F5, F50, F51, F52, F3
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