Desire to migrate internationally and locally and the importance of satisfaction with amenities

10  April 2014    4:00 pm CEST

Miriam Manchin (with Robert Manchin and Sultan Orazbayev), University College London

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wiiw, Rahlgasse 3, 1060 Vienna, lecture hall (entrance from the ground floor)


Using a large survey spanning several years and many countries, this paper looks at the determinants of the desire to migrate internationally and domestically. In particular, we empirically analyse the importance of satisfaction with local and country-level amenities in driving migration decisions both for international and domestic migration. In addition, we also investigate the importance of social networks both at the individual’s current location and abroad. We find that satisfaction with local amenities together with social networks are the most important driving forces of both domestic and international migration intensions. We also find that when looking at labour market characteristics in terms of average wages and unemployment rates at regional and national level, it is the individual perception of personal job prospects, personal income, and contentment with local amenities which matters more than average labour market conditions.

Keywords: international and local migration, desire to migrate

JEL classification: F22