Immigrants as future voters

Arye L. Hillman, Ngo Van Long

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Immigration policies in western democracies have often been contrary to the predictions of the mainstream theory of international economics. Political parties that are predicted to adopt policies beneficial for lower-income constituents have not protected workers from labor-market competition. Nor have workers been protected from a fiscal burden of financing incomes and benefits for welfare-dependent immigrants. We explain the contradiction by immigrants being future voters. We give a hearing to alternative interpretations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-174
Number of pages26
JournalPublic Choice
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2022

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  • Illegal immigration
  • Immigrant welfare dependency
  • Immigration amnesties
  • Immigration policy
  • Policy exceptionalism
  • Political ego rents
  • Political entry barriers


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