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Remitting Behaviour of "Temporary" and "Permanent" Migrants: The Case of Greeks in Germany and Australia

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  • Nicholas P. Glytsos

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This paper makes the point that migrants have different motives for sending remittances and remittance receivers have different claims on migrants' income, depending on whether people move to accumulate capital to improve their living at home after they return - temporary migration - or to start a new life in a foreign country - permanent migration. This hypothesis is empirically tested with data from Greek-German and Greek-Australian migration. The findings attest to the fact that German remittances constitute obligatory income streams to close family at home, while Australian remittances are gifts. Some quantitative estimates of the relative impact of individual factors on remittances are also obtained. Some hints are also given for a changing remitting behaviour of Greek migrants in Germany, along with the changing character of migration in that country. Copyright Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishers Ltd 1997.

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Article provided by CEIS in its journal Labour.

Volume (Year): 11 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 409-435

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Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:11:y:1997:i:3:p:409-435

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