Longing for Which Home: Evidence from Global Aspirations to Stay, Return or Migrate Onwards

Bekaert, Els, Foubert, Killian and Ruyssen, Ilse (2021). Longing for Which Home: Evidence from Global Aspirations to Stay, Return or Migrate Onwards. UNU-CRIS Working Paper. UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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  • Subtitle Working Paper
    Sub-type Working paper
    Author Bekaert, Els
    Foubert, Killian
    Ruyssen, Ilse
    Title Longing for Which Home: Evidence from Global Aspirations to Stay, Return or Migrate Onwards
    Series Title UNU-CRIS Working Paper
    Volume/Issue No. 2021/8
    Publication Date 2021
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Pages 55
    Language eng
    Abstract Aspirations provide the underlying dynamics of the behavior of individuals whether they are realised or not. Knowledge about the characteristics and motives of those who aspire to leave the host country is key for both host and home countries to formulate appropriate and effective policies to keep their valued immigrants or citizens and foster their (re-) integration. Based on unique individual-level Gallup World Polls data, we model the aspirations or stated preferences to return or migrate onwards of immigrants across 138 countries worldwide. Our analysis reveals selection in characteristics, a strong role for soft factors like social ties and sociocultural integration, and a faint role for economic factors. Changes in circumstances in the home and host countries are also important determinants of aspirations. Results differ by the host countries’ level of economic development.
    Copyright Holder UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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