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Are Ethnic Minorities More Likely to Emigrate? Evidence from Latvia

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  • Artjoms Ivlevs
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    Drawing on survey data on emigration intentions in Latvia, this paper studies emigration intentions of minorities. The paper shows, that after controlling for other factors, the probability of emigration of a Russian minority individual is higher than that of a majority individual. For Russian speakers, higher education and income levels are associated with higher probability of emigration. These findings can be explained by linguistic discrimination on the labour market and inefficient minority integration policies, such as minority education reform.

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    Paper provided by University of Nottingham, GEP in its series Discussion Papers with number 08/11.

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    Keywords: Emigration; ethnic minorities; discrimination; Latvia; EU enlargement.;

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    1. James Hughes, 2005. "'Exit' in Deeply Divided Societies: Regimes of Discrimination in Estonia and Latvia and the Potential for Russophone Migration," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 43(4), pages 739-762, November.
    2. Bardhan, Pranab, 1997. "Method in the madness? a political-economy analysis of the ethnic conflicts in less developed countries," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 25(9), pages 1381-1398, September.
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