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Why do they return? Beyond the economic drivers of graduate return migration

Crescenzi, Riccardo and Holman, Nancy and Orru', Enrico (2016) Why do they return? Beyond the economic drivers of graduate return migration. Annals of Regional Science. ISSN 1432-0592

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s00168-016-0762-9


This paper explores the factors that shape the location choices of formerly mobile graduates (FMGs) initially resident in Sardinia, Italy, a less developed European region. Combining qualitative and quantitative techniques the paper examines the reasons why some individuals decide to return after their studies, and the factors that shape their decisions and how these choices unfolded in space and time. It counters the literature, which suggests that migration is a one-off linear process driven only by wealth maximising behaviour positing rather that ac-cess to opportunities in open meritocratic job markets and circular migration trajectories are far more salient to FMGs. This suggests that policy makers should concentrate on promoting labour market opportunities and investing in social network promotion that will aid brain circulation.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors © CC BY 4.0
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 14:12
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2017 14:33

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