Empowering Migrants: Impacts of a Migrant's Amnesty on Crime Reports

33 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2020

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Ana Ibanez

Inter-American Development Bank

Sandra Rozo

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business; University of Southern California - Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

Dany Bahar

Brookings Institution; Harvard University - Center for International Development (CID)

Abstract

How can the regularization of approximately half a million migrant's impact crime reports in hosting areas? To identify the effects of this large amnesty, we match confidential administrative data on the location of undocumented migrants with department-monthly data from crime reports and compare crime outcomes in departments that were granted different average time windows to register for the amnesty online, before and after the amnesty roll-out. We document that the regularization caused a reduction of domestic crime and an increment on sexual crime reports. Both results are in line with qualitative evidence suggesting that the regularization empowered migrants to report crimes against them and also improved their mental health.

Keywords: migration, crime, regularization

JEL Classification: D72, F2, O15, R23

Suggested Citation

Ibanez, Ana María and Rozo, Sandra and Bahar, Dany, Empowering Migrants: Impacts of a Migrant's Amnesty on Crime Reports. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13889, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3734757

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Dany Bahar

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