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Migration Decisions in the Face of Upheaval: an Experimental Approach

Baláž, Vladimir and Williams, Allan (2017) Migration Decisions in the Face of Upheaval: an Experimental Approach Population, Space and Place, 24 (1).

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The analysis of migration under conditions of potential economic and political upheaval is challenging because these undermine the institutional framework which underpins existing migration trajectories. Therefore, this paper demonstrates how an innovative experimental approach can be used to analyse migration decision-making under disruptive scenarios of a deep economic crisis and the introduction of work permits. Such disruptions have particular resonance in Europe which has experienced deep economic crises, as well as discussions of potential regulatory shifts in the European migration framework following the UK’s Brexit referendum. Data were collected from a sample of 540 experimental participants, drawn from young adults (students and young working people) in nine EU member states, and used to analyse their propensity to migrate under principles of uncertainty, incomplete information, and information overload. The findings indicate that a sharp rise in unemployment rates is more disruptive than the introduction of work permits.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
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Date : 6 November 2017
Identification Number : 10.1002/psp.2115
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Migration; Crisis; Visas; Experimental methods; Decision-making
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 08 Nov 2017 11:23
Last Modified : 14 Mar 2018 13:24

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