More Benefits, Fewer Children: How Regularization Affects Immigrant Fertility

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The World Bank
Available from: 
May 2023
Paper author(s): 
Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes
Ana María Ibáñez
Sandra V. Rozo
Salvador Traettino
Education - Health

How do policies that ease the integration of immigrants shape their fertility decisions? This paper uses a panel survey of undocumented Venezuelan migrants in Colombia to compare the fertility decisions of households before and after the launch of an amnesty program that granted such migrants a labor permit and access to social services. The results suggest the amnesty reduced the likelihood that program beneficiaries would have a child due to better labor market opportunities for women and greater access to family planning resources through health care services.


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