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Title
Home sweet home : embracing the return to returnees' migration
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Abstract
The literature on return migration emphasizes its development contribution through the money (savings) brought home by returnees as well as the knowledge and experience gained by studying or working abroad. A significant body of this scholarship focuses on the entrepreneurial activities of returnees due to its supposed spillover effects in reducing unemployment and poverty. However, it is essential to examine other outcomes that returnees have achieved for themselves and their family to completely comprehend the consequences of return migration. Exploiting the result of in-depth interviews in the Ecuadorian Austro, returnees reveal that building a house is one of their ardent aspirations for migration. We use this evidence to assess the consequences of migration by looking at household wellbeing through house ownership. Our results reveal that households that ever had a return migrant have higher probability of house ownership. Moreover, complementing migration-specific census data with in-depth interviews, we also get encouraging results as shown by the money brought home when they return, the setting-up of business by a few, and the gains in human capital demonstrated through kitchen-related training, knowledge of the English language, and acquired efficient work-culture.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Migration and development. - Abingdon, 2012, currens
Publication
Abingdon : Routledge, 2018
ISSN
2163-2324 [print]
2163-2332 [online]
Volume/pages
7:3(2018), p. 366-387
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 29.03.2018
Last edited 15.07.2021
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