Integrating Immigrants as a Tool for Broad Development: Experimental Evidence for Portugal and Cape Verde

Learn about the transformative effects of targeted information on the integration of Cape Verdean immigrants in Portugal in this insightful session.

- Europe/Amsterdam

International migration can contribute importantly to sustainable economic growth. The effects of migration for both origin and host countries, however, depend on immigrant integration. We experimentally evaluate the impact of information and migrants’ aspirations on immigrant integration using a field experiment among Cape Verdean immigrants in Portugal. The interventions promote integration outcomes such as migration status regularization and betterquality employment of migrants. They furthermore affect those left behind. While the impact on material remittances is muted, targeting migrant integration barriers improves democratic processes and attitudes over gender equity in origin countries. In addition, providing immigrants with better information sources about integration processes affects migration intentions and expectations of prospective migrants.

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About the speaker

Catia Batista is a Professor of Economics at the Nova School of Business and Economics, where she is also Founder and Scientific Director of the NOVAFRICA research center. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of Economics of the University of Chicago. Catia has research interests related to international migration and remittance flows, financial inclusion, entrepreneurship, technology adoption, education, and policy impact evaluation. Her work, mainly randomized and lab-in-thefield experiments, took place in countries such as Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ireland, Kenya, Portugal, Mozambique, and Sao Tome and Principe. Catia has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, and Notre Dame University. She is currently a Research Fellow at the international research centers CReAM (London, UK), IZA (Bonn, Germany) and JPAL-Europe (Paris, France). Previously, Catia worked at the International Monetary Fund and at the Portuguese Catholic University and consulted for the World Bank and the International Growth Center.

Venue: Room 0.18, Boschstraat 24, Maastricht (UNU-MERIT) and Online


Cátia Batista

Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal

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