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Temporary migration and self-employment: evidence from Tunisia

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  • Alice Mesnard
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    Based on statistics from the Central bank of Tunisia and on a survey describing Tunisian workers who have returned from migration, this paper shows that temporary migration has potentially important consequences for sending countries like Tunisia. The effects operate through at least two channels. On one hand, transfers sent by migrants to their origin country represent a sizeable source of foreign currency and income. On the other, savings repatriated upon return under different types of goods allow poor workers to overcome credit constraints for investment into small projects.

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    Article provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its journal Brussels economic review.

    Volume (Year): 47 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 119-138

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    Handle: RePEc:bxr:bxrceb:y:2004:v:47:i:1:p:119-138

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    Keywords: international migration; investment; credit constraints;

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    1. Masso, Jaan & Eamets, Raul & Mõtsmees, Pille, 2013. "The Effect of Migration Experience on Occupational Mobility in Estonia," IZA Discussion Papers 7482, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Jaan Masso & Raul Eamets & Pille Mõtsmees, 2013. "The Effect of Temporary Migration Experience on Occupational Mobility in Estonia," CESifo Working Paper Series 4322, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. Frederic, DOCQUIER & Hillel, RAPOPORT & I-Leng Shen, 2007. "Remittances and inequality : A dynamic migration model," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2007003, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.
    4. Pia R. Pinger, 2007. "Come Back or Stay? Spend Here or There? Temporary versus Permanent Migration and Remittance Patterns in the Republic of Moldova," Kiel Advanced Studies Working Papers 438, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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