The public debate on the impact of refugee and labor immigration is predominantly emotional; sociological and historical considerations dominate the academic discussion. Only in recent years have economists also taken up the research field of migration. This paper fills an important gap: economic assessments of immigration policy management and control instruments.

Against the background of strong migratory pressure from Eastern Europe and the Southern Mediterranean, the author develops recommendations for the control of economically determined migrations as part of a desirable European immigration policy.

Conceivable immigration policy instruments are examined for their economic suitability and domestic political enforceability and ranked. In the process, the extent to which the experiences of classic immigration countries (United States, Canada, Australia) can be transferred to Europe is examined.

The monograph is aimed at those interested in immigration policy from all disciplines, primarily economists and lawyers.