Wirtschaftspolitischer Beitrag

Foreign Aid Can Dampen Migration If It Improves Public Services


  • Thiele
  • R.
  • Lanati
  • M.

Key Messages

  • Many development researchers think that foreign aid most likely leads to more emigration because, with higher incomes, more individuals can afford to migrate.
  • Our research points in the opposite direction: development aid often provides an incentive to stay at home because aid often leads to better public services.
  • Hence, scaling up development aid to migrants’ countries of origin could reduce immigration to Europe.
  • However, this effect is small. According to our quantitative analysis, aid would have to be doubled to reduce emigration rates by as little as 15 percent. Thus, a noticeable impact on migration would require an unrealistically large increase in aid.

Experte IfW Kiel



  • Entwicklungshilfe
  • Migration