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Circular Migration: Counts of Exits and Years Away from the Host Country

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  • Constant, Amelie F.

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    (George Washington University, Temple University)

  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.

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    (IZA and University of Bonn)

Abstract

The economic literature has largely overlooked the importance of repeat and circular migration. The paper studies this behavior by analyzing the number of exits and the total number of years away from the host country using count data models and panel data from Germany. More than 60% of migrants from the guestworker countries are indeed repeat or circular migrants. Migrants from European Union member countries, those not owning a dwelling in Germany, the younger and the older (excluding the middle ages), are significantly more likely to engage in repeat migration and to stay out for longer. Males and those migrants with German passports exit more frequently, while those with higher education exit less; there are no differences with time spent out. Migrants with family in the home country remain out longer, and those closely attached to the labor market remain less; they are not leaving the country more frequently.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2999.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Publication status: published as 'Circular and Repeat Migration: Counts of Exits and Years Away from the Host Country' in: Population Research and Policy Review, 2011, 30 (4), 495-515
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2999

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Keywords: minorities; guestworkers; repeat migration; circular migration; count data;

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  2. Vadean, Florin & Piracha, Matloob, 2009. "Circular Migration or Permanent Return: What Determines Different Forms of Migration?," IZA Discussion Papers 4287, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  6. Govert E. Bijwaard, 2008. "Modeling Migration Dynamics of Immigrants," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 08-070/4, Tinbergen Institute.
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