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Migration patterns and labor market outcomes in Tunisia

Anda David () and Mohamed Marouani ()

No DT/2017/03, Working Papers from DIAL (Développement, Institutions et Mondialisation)

Abstract: This article focuses on the external effects of emigration on non-migrants and particularly on the interactions with labor market outcomes in Tunisia before and after the revolution. Using the new Tunisia Labor Market Panel Survey (TLMPS) we conduct an in-depth analysis of the structure and dynamics of migration in Tunisia including the profile of migrants and their origin households, mainly in terms of skills and spatial composition. We also investigate transition matrices, employment status, income for current migrants and returnees and the evolution of remittances. Our analysis confirms the role of emigration as a security valve for the Tunisian labor market. Moreover, origin households of migrants have a significantly higher wealth index. Remittances play a significant role for the Tunisian economy and at the household level. Our analysis also tends to confirm the effects of remittances on labor supply of non migrants which can have a negative impact on Tunisia’s unemployment rate when a crisis in destination countries affects negatively the remittance rate.

Keywords: International migration; labor market; remittances; returnees; revolution; Tunisia. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 F24 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ara, nep-lma and nep-mig
Date: 2017-01
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