Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/21284
Authors: 
Locher, Lilo
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 602
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes the migration behavior of ethnic groups in the former Soviet Un-ion (FSU) from 1989 to 1999. The two main migration movements have been return migration of ethnic groups to their titular nation and migration of all ethnic groups to the Russian Federation. Using factor analysis, we are able to disentangle the effects of economic wealth, growth, and political reforms on migration behavior. Ethnic sorting is found to be the major determinant of migration, which can explain both return migration and migration to Russia. The emigration behavior of Jews and ethnic Germans is found to be very similar to the migration behavior of ethnic groups migrating within the FSU.
Subjects: 
CIS
place-to-place migration
nationality/ethnicity
minorities
JEL: 
P26
J15
F22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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