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Migration: Economically Motivated or a Matter of Networks: A Case Study of Migration From Eastern Europe to Germany

Van Der Haar, Ella
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Van Der Haar, Ella
Advisor
Pandya, Sonal
Leblang, David
Abstract
What determines migration? More specifically, what factors influence the decision of migrants to migrate? This paper explores the relative importance of economic migration arguments versus migrant network parameters on a regional level in explaining and predicting migration flows. It employs new data on migration from Eastern European New Member States to Germany and its respective Bundeslander between 2000 and 2012. This paper aims to determine whether traditional neoclassical economic theory can be extended with elements of migrant network theory to create a more complete theory that is more effective in explaining migration flows in the case of predicting migration to different regions within a country. Using fixed effects regression models this paper finds that both economic as well as network variables have a strong and positive impact on migration flows from the Eastern European New Member States.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Foreign Affairs, M.A., 2014
Published Date
2014-12-02
Degree
M.A.
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All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
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Libra ETD Repository

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