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Theorising the Return: From Economic Rationality to Emotional Reflexivity


  • Marià Bakalova

    () (University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria)


The research traces the development of theoretical knowledge about the RM within the proposed periodisation. It reveals the increased relevance of new paradigms, in which economic aspects of return are combined with socio-cultural and psychological ones. Economic and non-economic factors bearing on the returnees’ motivation are explicated with a focus on the on emotional reflexivity and non-rationalist motives. It is concluded that the theoretical understanding of return migration increasingly transcends the classic strictly economic accounts with their explanations focused solely on returnees’ economic rationality.

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  • Marià Bakalova, 2019. "Theorising the Return: From Economic Rationality to Emotional Reflexivity," Nauchni trudove, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, issue 3, pages 59-73, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:nwe:natrud:y:2019:i:3:p:59-73

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    return migration; economic explanations; emotional reflexivity;
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    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers


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