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Migration Willingness in Spain: Analysis of Temporal and Regional Differences

  • Namkee Ahn
  • Juan F. Jimeno
  • Emma García

One of the reasons for persistent high unemployment in Spain has been attributed to a low mobility of workers between regions. We examine workers’ geographical mobility indirectly through migration willingness of unemployed. We focus on two observed patterns in migration willingness, downward trend and persistent regional differences. The changes in the composition of unemployed workers and regional economic situations explain only a small part of temporal and regional variations in migration willingness. Madrid and Barcelona stand out for their low migration willingness. Our conjecture is that these two regions, due to their largest job markets, provide better expectations regarding future job availability and reemployment probability among the unemployed.

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