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Mother Tongue, Host Country Earnings, and Return Migration: Evidence from Cross-National Administrative Records

Saarela, Jan and Scott, Kirk LU (2017) In International Migration Review 51(2). p.542-564
Abstract
Using a unique database constructed through the merging of administrative records from Sweden and Finland, we provide the first detailed examination of differential return migration risks by people's mother tongue within a given nationality. We analyze whether the divergence in return migration risk between Swedish-speaking and Finnish-speaking Finns in Sweden relates to host country earnings, considering that the former group are in parity with native Swedes. Host country earnings and other background variables are found to explain only a modest part of the difference in return migration risk. Variation in the return migration risk of labor migrants is consequently not solely a result of earnings differentials.
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International Migration Review
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51
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542 - 564
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Wiley-Blackwell
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0197-9183
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10.1111/imre.12230
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  abstract     = {Using a unique database constructed through the merging of administrative records from Sweden and Finland, we provide the first detailed examination of differential return migration risks by people's mother tongue within a given nationality. We analyze whether the divergence in return migration risk between Swedish-speaking and Finnish-speaking Finns in Sweden relates to host country earnings, considering that the former group are in parity with native Swedes. Host country earnings and other background variables are found to explain only a modest part of the difference in return migration risk. Variation in the return migration risk of labor migrants is consequently not solely a result of earnings differentials.},
  author       = {Saarela, Jan and Scott, Kirk},
  issn         = {0197-9183},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {542--564},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {International Migration Review},
  title        = {Mother Tongue, Host Country Earnings, and Return Migration: Evidence from Cross-National Administrative Records},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imre.12230},
  volume       = {51},
  year         = {2017},
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