Motivations behind the size of remittances. Evidence from Albanians in Italy
Remittances represent the most important outcome of migration for developing countries which strongly rely on this resources for their economic survival. Remittances are however individual transfers that depend on a wide variety of private motivations. The present study explores the reasons behind the amount of remittance along the Italy-Albania corridor. Data come from a survey carried out in 2007 among 400 Albanians living in two Italian regions, Marche and Apulia. The results show that the most important determinants of remittances are the economic integration and the contextual specificities where migrants reside, along with strong ties with the country of origin.
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