MGSoG/UNU-MERIT Migration Seminar: ‘Has migration reduced economic inequality between the EU Member States?’

The next migration seminar offered jointly by MGSoG/UNU-MERIT in collaboration with MACIMIDE will take place on Wednesday, November 21st. The seminar will be held from 12:30-13:30 in room 0.16/0.17 of the UNU-MERIT building at Boschstraat 24. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Title: ‘Has migration reduced economic inequality between the EU Member States? A cross-national analysis between 1980-2017’.

Abstract: This paper explores the effect that migration has had on economic inequality between the 28 EU member states, covering the period 1980-2017. The cross-national, longitudinal analysis demonstrates that migration has had a positive and significant effect on development and economic growth in the countries analysed. However, the findings also indicate that some countries have benefited from migration more than others. Specifically, in the case of the “old” member states the positive effect is disproportionately larger than for the newer member states, while for the EU10, the effect of migration has actually been negative. This seems to indicate that while migration has indeed contributed to economic growth in all member states, its effect has been that of rather reproducing the existing economic inequalities, or even exacerbate them.

Magdalena Ulceluse is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Groningen, where she researches the effect of migration on inequality. She has previously obtained a PhD in Public Policy from Central European University in Budapest and a MSc from the University of Maastricht/UNU-MERIT. She has worked on projects for the ILO, ESPON, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, CEDEFOP and ISFOL, among others. Her main research interests lie in migration and inequality, immigration policies, immigrant integration, labour migration and migrant economic activities.

Upcoming migration seminars:

5.12.     Alex Hunns and Francesco Iacoella (UNU-MERIT)

16.01.   Arjen Leerkes (UNU-MERIT/Erasmus University Rotterdam)

20.02.   Maarten Vink (FASOS, Maastricht University)

20.03.   Richard Sondeijker (IND / Faculty of Law, Maastricht University)

17.04.   Glenn Rayp (Ghent University / UNU-CRIS)

15.05.   Nora Stel (MSM)

19.06.   Sonja Fransen (University of Amsterdam)