TITLE

THE DETERMINANTS OF MIGRATION IN SMALL ISLANDS

AUTHOR(S)
GUAN, JINGQIU; McELROY, JEROME L.
PUB. DATE
January 2013
SOURCE
Shima;2013, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p80
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study examines the determinants of migration in forty two small mainly tropical islands less than three million in population. Thirteen independent variables are used to measure various economic, social and demographic influences on small island migration patterns. Two profiles are constructed contrasting the characteristics and behaviour of twenty three immigrant and nineteen emigrant islands. The former are found to be more affluent than their emigrant counterparts with higher per capita income and lower unemployment. They also exhibit lower infant mortality, fertility and greater progress through the demographic transition. Immigrant islands are also characterised by dependent political status and the assumed favourable advantages of substantial trade, investment and tourism linkages with their patron countries. Finally, a provisional multivariate model is developed that suggests a combination of determinants account for most of the variation in island migration. They include per capita income, working-age population, literacy and political status.
ACCESSION #
90599142

 

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