The study of the economics of international migration is one of the main focuses of the LdA research activity. LdA fellows are pursuing several interrelated lines of research that deal with all stages of migration process. A first line of research investigates the determinants of international migration and the process of migrants’ self-selection. A second line of research deals with the role of destination-country policies in shaping the size and composition of migration flows and looks into the political economy of immigration policy. In another stream of research, LdA fellows investigate the process of assimilation of immigrants in the host countries, with a special focus on their political integration. Finally, a long-standing research line focuses on the consequences of immigration for receiving as well as for origin countries.
Research in this area is coordinated by Giovanni Facchini (Professor of Economics, University of Milan and University of Nottingham) and Tommaso Frattini (University of Milan). Other LdA researchers working in this area are Anna Rosso (Post Doc, University of Milan) and Elisabetta Lodigiani (Assistant Professor, University of Padua). Research assistant is Natalia Vigezzi.