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The Causes and Consequences of Albanian Emigration during Transition: Evidence from Micro Data

Dhori Kule, Ahmet Mançellari, Harry Papapanagos, Stefan Qirici and Peter Sanfey
The International Migration Review
Vol. 36, No. 1 (Spring, 2002), pp. 229-239
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4149536
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Abstract

This note reports the results of a field survey of individuals and firms in Albania, carried out during 1998. The surveys were designed to analyze the size, causes and consequences of emigration from Albania during the 1990s. Our results show that emigrants are motivated mainly by the ease of access of neighboring countries and by the prospect of high financial returns. Although most emigrants worked illegally and had part-time, low-skilled jobs, the majority found the overall experience positive, and the skills and earnings abroad have contributed to setting up businesses on return. These results have important policy implications for both EU countries and other transition countries in the region.

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