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The Best-Laid Schemes: An Analysis of Discrepancies Between Migration Intentions and Behavior

Robert W. Gardner, Gordon F. De Jong, Fred Arnold and Benjamin V. Cariño
Population and Environment
Vol. 8, No. 1/2, Migration Intentions and Behavior: Third World Perspectives (Spring - Summer, 1985/1986), pp. 63-77
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27503044
Page Count: 15
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The Best-Laid Schemes: An Analysis of Discrepancies Between Migration Intentions and Behavior
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Abstract

A longitudinal survey approach is used in a largely rural area in the Philippines to examine consistency between migration intentions and subsequent migration behavior. Inconsistencies in movement behavior, the timing of a move, and the destination are analyzed. Discrepancies between intentions and behavior are explained in terms of unanticipated constraints and facilitators as well as changes in the conditions that precipitated the migration intention in the first place. Intended international movers who did not actually move in a 2-1/2 year period were thwarted mainly by legal hurdles that could not be overcome. Intended internal migrants who did not actually move remained in their origin area primarily because of changes in job opportunities or family relationships. Methodological and theoretical implications of the findings are discussed.

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