The Role of Outgroup Network in the Choice of Migration Destination: Evidence from Turkey

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https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v19i3.1399

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International migration, network migration, contact hypothesis

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We analyse the association between cultural contact and international migration decision drawing on the inter-group contact hypothesis. Using data on Turkish migrant stock in 22 countries and immigration from these countries to Turkey between 2000 and 2015, we find a strong association between the Turkish community's size and migration flow of host country nationals to Turkey. Our results are robust to country-specific and year-specific effects as well as to exclusion of different channels of cultural contact. Our research brings a new perspective to the importance of networks in migration destination as most research focuses on the presence of in-group national community in the target country. Our findings contribute to the improvement of extant theories of international migration providing insight in the role of cultural contact with the out-group in the choice of migration destination.

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Ali Sina Onder, Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth,University of Portsmouth

Ali Sina Önder is senior lecturer in Economics at the University of Portsmouth (UK) where he has been affiliated since 2018. He received his PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University (USA) in 2009. His research topics cover economics of science and innovation, applied network analysis, and fiscal competition.

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2022-05-04

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Kunuroglu, F., & Onder, A. S. (2022). The Role of Outgroup Network in the Choice of Migration Destination: Evidence from Turkey . Migration Letters, 19(3), 253–260. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v19i3.1399

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