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Migration patterns in a remittances dependent economy: Evidence from Tajikistan during the global financial crisis

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  • Alexander M. Danzer

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    (Royal Holloway University of London, UK, Osteuropa-Institut Regensburg and IZA Bonn, Germany.)

  • Oleksiy Ivaschenko

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    (World Bank, Washington, DC, USA.)

Abstract

Before the global financial crisis, Tajikistan was a major labour exporting and the world’s most remittances-dependent country. Remittances had contributed to a remarkable reduction in poverty. This paper exploits a new panel data set spanning the years 2007 to 2009 in order to investigate the effect of the financial crisis on migration and remittances patterns. Expectedly, the economic recession in the main destination country Russia affected Tajikistan through declining remittances. Owing to low diversification in pre-crisis migration patterns, the dependency on sending migrants to Russia and the migration stock there grew. In combination with increased migration risk this suggests that migrants bear part of the cost of the crisis.

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Article provided by Transnational Press London, UK in its journal Migration Letters.

Volume (Year): 7 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (October)
Pages: 190-202

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Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:7:y:2010:i:2:p:190-202

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Keywords: financial crisis; migration; remittances; risk; Tajikistan;

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  1. Ibrahim Sirkeci & Jeffrey H. Cohen & Dilip Ratha, 2012. "Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13092, October.
  2. Alexander M. Danzer & Barbara Dietz & Kseniia Gatskova, 2013. "Migration and Remittances in Tajikistan: Survey Technical Report," Working Papers 327, Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and South-East European Studies).
  3. Mirzosaid Sultonov, 2013. "The Macroeconomic Determinants of Remittance Flows from Russia to Tajikistan," Transition Studies Review, Springer, vol. 19(4), pages 417-430, March.
  4. Tilman Brück & Damir Esenaliev & Antje Kroeger & Alma Kudebayeva & Bakhrom Mirkasimov & Susan Steiner, 2012. "Household Survey Data for Research on Well-Being and Behavior in Central Asia," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1257, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  5. Kröger, Antje & Meier, Kristina, 2011. "Employment and the Financial Crisis: Evidence from Tajikistan," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Berlin 2011 50, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.
  6. Köllner, Sebastian, 2013. "Remittances and educational attainment: Evidence from Tajikistan," Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Beiträge 124, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbes. Wirtschaftsordnung und Sozialpolitik.

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