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Who Leaves? The Outmigration of the Foreign-Born

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  • George J. Borjas
  • Bernt Bratsberg

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This paper analyzes the return migration of foreign-born persons in the United States. We argue that return migration may have been planned as part of an optimal life cycle residential location sequence. Return migration also occurs because immigrants based their initial migration decision on erroneous information about opportunities in the United States. The study uses the 1980 Census and administrative data from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Immigrants tend to return to wealthy countries which are not too far from the United States. Moreover, return migration accentuates the type of selection characterizing the immigrant population left in the United States.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 4913.

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Date of creation: Nov 1994
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Publication status: published as Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 78, no. 1 (February 1996): 165- 176.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:4913

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  1. George J. Borjas & Richard B. Freeman & Kevin Lang, 1991. "Undocumented Mexican-born Workers in the United States: How Many, How Permanent?," NBER Chapters, in: Immigration, Trade and the Labor Market, pages 77-100 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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