Temporary migration and self-employment: evidence from Tunisia
Based on statistics from the Central bank of Tunisia and on a survey describing Tunisian workers who have returned from migration, this paper shows that temporary migration has potentially important consequences for sending countries like Tunisia. The effects operate through at least two channels. On one hand, transfers sent by migrants to their origin country represent a sizeable source of foreign currency and income. On the other, savings repatriated upon return under different types of goods allow poor workers to overcome credit constraints for investment into small projects.
Volume (Year): 47 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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