Migration Policy: Lessons from Cooperatives

24 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2017

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Margit Osterloh

University of Basel; Professor (em.) University of Zurich

Bruno S. Frey

CREMA; University of Basel

Date Written: March 01, 2017


We propose an immigration policy based on the model of cooperatives. Incoming migrants have to acquire a participation certificate. In exchange, the immigrants may enter the country of choice without danger. The revenue goes to the country of the recipient nation rather than to human smugglers. The cost would be much lower than today’s efforts to secure the borders. Asylum seekers get back the money paid for the certificate. Immigration is therewith regulated more efficiently than today. Not all entrance barriers and coercive measures to prevent illegal entry would disappear. However, the pressure of illegal migrants is strongly reduced.

Keywords: immigration, asylum, cooperatives, participation certificates, borders

JEL Classification: D710, F220, F660, J460, J610

Suggested Citation

Osterloh, Margit and Frey, Bruno S., Migration Policy: Lessons from Cooperatives (March 01, 2017). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6364, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2941384

Margit Osterloh

University of Basel ( email )

Petersplatz 1
Basel, CH-4003

Professor (em.) University of Zurich ( email )

Südstrasse 11
Zürich, CH-8008

Bruno S. Frey (Contact Author)

CREMA ( email )

Südstrasse 11
Zurich, CH 8008
+41 44 380 00 78 (Phone)

University of Basel ( email )

Peter Merian-Weg 6
Basel, 4002

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