Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/150628
Authors: 
Gundel, Sebastian
Peters, Heiko
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 79
Abstract: 
We analyze the return-migration of German immigrants using the latest data of the German Socio- Economic Panel from 1984 to 2006. We conduct a Cox proportional hazard model with years of residence in Germany as waiting time. The analysis reveals that return migration is heavily influenced by country of origin. Individuals from countries with free labor movement agreements with Germany show a considerably higher likelihood of leaving the country relative to the others. The main finding is, with respect to the self-selection process we discovered that highly skilled are more likely to return than the less skilled. In addition, the results give plenty of information regarding the design of German immigration policy.
Subjects: 
Remigration
Cox proportional hazard model
Germany
JEL: 
C41
F22
J10
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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