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Migration in the Soviet Successor States

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  • Locher, Lilo

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    (Federal Monopoly Commission, Bonn)

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    This paper analyzes the migration behavior of ethnic groups in the former Soviet Un-ion (FSU) from 1989 to 1999. The two main migration movements have been return migration of ethnic groups to their titular nation and migration of all ethnic groups to the Russian Federation. Using factor analysis, we are able to disentangle the effects of economic wealth, growth, and political reforms on migration behavior. Ethnic sorting is found to be the major determinant of migration, which can explain both return migration and migration to Russia. The emigration behavior of Jews and ethnic Germans is found to be very similar to the migration behavior of ethnic groups migrating within the FSU.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 602.

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    Length: 29 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2002
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    Publication status: published in: Applied Economics Quarterly, 48 (1), 2002, 67-84
    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp602

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    Keywords: CIS; nationality/ethnicity; minorities; place-to-place migration;

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    1. Dennis Görlich & Christoph Trebesch, 2008. "Seasonal Migration and Networks—Evidence on Moldova’s Labour Exodus," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer, vol. 144(1), pages 107-133, April.
    2. Görlich, Dennis & Trebesch, Christoph, 2006. "Mass migration and seasonality: Evidence on Moldova's labour exodus," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 56, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.

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