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Identifying the Motives of Migrant Philanthropy

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  • Matthias Lücke
  • Toman Omar Mahmoud
  • Christian Peuker

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Donations by migrants to community projects in their home countries (“collective remittances”) help to provide local public goods and may promote economic development. We draw on the literatures on migrant remittances and on philanthropy in general to identify possible motives for collective remittances. We test the empirical relevance of these motives using micro-level data from Eastern Europe. Our results suggest a mix of motives including altruism, exchange, and concern about future membership rights in the community of origin. We also find that communities with a high degree of ethnic fragmentation and a wide dispersion of migrants across destination countries are less likely to receive collective remittances

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1790.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2012
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1790

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Keywords: international migration; development; diaspora; collective remittances; philanthropy;

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  1. Victoria Licuanan & Toman Omar Mahmoud & Andreas Steinmayr, 2012. "The Drivers of Diaspora Donations for Development: Evidence from the Philippines," Kiel Working Papers 1807, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  2. Luca Barbone & Mikhail Bonch-Osmolovskiyi & Matthias Luecke, 2013. "Labour Migration from the Eastern Partnership Countries: Evolution and Policy Options for Better Outcomes," CASE Network Reports 0113, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.

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