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The Location of Immigrants at Retirement: Stay/Return or ‘Va-et-Vient’?

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  • de Coulon, Augustin

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    (King's College London)

  • Wolff, François-Charles

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    (University of Nantes)

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the location choice of immigrants when retiring. In a context where labour considerations no longer matter, the location decisions are expected to depend not only on a comparison of standard-of-living between the origin and host countries, but should also be affected by the strength of family relationships. Assuming that migrants derive some satisfaction from contact and visits with other family members, we suggest that migrants may choose a third type of migration move beyond the standard stay/return decision called the ‘va-et-vient’, where individuals choose to share their time across the host and the origin country. In the empirical analysis, we investigate the determinants of the location intention when retiring using a recent data set on migrants currently living in France. We find that the migrant’s choice is significantly related to the location of other family members and that those determinants vary with respect to the different preferred choices.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2224.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2006
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2224

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Cited by:
  1. Sinning, Mathias, 2007. "Wealth and Asset Holdings of Immigrants in Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 3089, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Laurent Gobillon & François-Charles Wolff, 2011. "Housing and Location Choices of Retiring Households: Evidence from France," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 48(2), pages 331-347, February.
  3. Thomas K. Bauer & Deborah A. Cobb-Clark & Vincent A. Hildebrand & Mathias Sinning, 2007. "A Comparative Analysis of the Nativity Wealth Gap," CEPR Discussion Papers 554, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
  4. François-Charles Wolff & Manon Domingues Dos Santos, 2010. "Pourquoi les immigrés portugais veulent-ils tant retourner au pays ?," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 195(4), pages 1-14.
  5. Deborah Cobb-Clark & Steven Stillman, 2008. "Emigration and the Age Profile of Retirement Among Immigrants," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 0815, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.

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