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The Economics of Circular Migration

  • Constant, Amelie F.

    (Temple University)

  • Nottmeyer, Olga



  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.


    (University of Bonn)

Circular migration receives increasing attention due to its empirical relevance and as a policy concept to manage labor flows. This review discusses the advantages and disadvantages of circular movements for all parties. It studies the characteristics of circular movers worldwide and investigates the consequences of restrictive migration policies. Recent policy initiatives that aim to manage circular labor movement are also analyzed.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6940.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Publication status: published in: A. F. Constant, K. F. Zimmermann (eds.), International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Edward Elgar 2013, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, USA, Chapter 3, 55-74
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