International Migration as Driver of Political and Social Change: Evidence from Morocco
Jackline Wahba () and
No 309, GLO Discussion Paper Series from Global Labor Organization (GLO)
This paper focuses on the impact of international migration on the transfer of political and social norms. Exploiting recent and unique data on Morocco, it explores whether households with return and current migrants bear different political preferences and behaviours than non-migrant families. Once controlling for the double selection into emigration and return migration, findings suggest that having a returnee in the household increases the demand for political and social change, driven by returnees mostly from Western European countries, who have been exposed to more democratic norms at destination. However, we find a negative impact of having a current migrant on the willingness to change of the left-behind household, driven by migrants to non-West countries, where the quality of political and social institutions is lower. Our results are robust to also controlling for destination selectivity.
Keywords: International migration; Political change; Transfer of norms; Morocco (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 F22 O15 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: International migration as a driver of political and social change: evidence from Morocco (2019)
Working Paper: International Migration: Driver of Political and Social Change? (2016)
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