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Immigration is one of the most contentious politics issues in the US. Some American workers feel they have lost out to immigrant competition and to globalized supply chains. But CGD research on US immigration from Mexico, Haiti, India, and other countries uses data to show that the impact of migrant workers on a destination economy are a policy decision, and do not have inherently negative outcomes. In fact, there can huge benefits to both destination and origin countries, and migrants themselves.
As waves of migrants have crossed the Mediterranean and the US Southwest border, development agencies have received a de facto mandate: to deter migration from poor countries. Will it work? Here we review the evidence on whether foreign aid has been directed toward these “root causes” in the past, whether it has deterred migration from poor countries, and whether it can do so.
In response to the recent migrant and refugee crisis, rich countries have redoubled policy efforts to deter future immigration from poor countries by addressing the “root causes” of migration. We review existing evidence on the extent and effectiveness of such efforts.