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Empirical Assessment on the Adjustments of Bulgarian Return Migrants

Vesselin Mintchev () and Venelin Boshnakov ()

Economic Thought journal, 2007, issue 5, 13-32

Abstract: Analysed is the profile of return migrants, their experience and income abroad, their satisfaction and their adjustments for repeated (cyclic) migration. The paper focuses on the “stay or leave again” dilemma of Bulgarian return migrants. Data from a unique representative survey among households and their members who had been abroad during the period 2001-2005 is utilized. Two binary regression models are estimated for this purpose. The independent variables reflect the socio-demographic profile and foreign experience of return migrants. Satisfaction is related to age, duration of the stay abroad, qualified job under official contract, and employment in services. The leave again question has a clear positive answer for return migrants satisfied with their foreign experience. However, Bulgarian labor market faces a serious deficit in a range of professions which is supported by the finding that educational level acts as a hold-up factor regarding return migrants’ likelihood to leave again.

JEL-codes: F22 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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