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Eager to Leave? Intentions to Migrate Abroad among Young People in Kyrgyzstan
Arizona State University. (School of Social and Family Dynamics)
Max Planck Institute for demographic Research. (Laboratory of Contemporary European Fertility and Family Dynamics)
Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, Kyrgyzstan. (Economic Theory Department)
2008 (English)In: The international migration review, ISSN 0197-9183, E-ISSN 1747-7379, Vol. 42, no 3, 620-651 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines young people’s intentions to migrate abroad in Kyrgyzstan, focusing in particular on differences between Asian and European-origin ethnic groups. The multivariate analyses of recent survey data show that even after controlling for socioeconomic characteristics and social embeddedness Europeans are significantly more inclined to migrate than Asians. Whereas no gender differences in migration intentions among either group are detected, marriage, childbearing, and social capital exhibit distinct ethnic-specific effects. Although economic considerations are prevailing stimuli for migration in both groups, the results point to the formation of two dominant ethnic-specific migration preference types – for temporary migration among Asians and permanent migration among Europeans.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, 2008. Vol. 42, no 3, 620-651 p.
Keyword [en]
migration intentions, Kyrgyzstan
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociological Demography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-75892DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-7379.2008.00140.xOAI: diva2:524622
Available from: 2012-05-03 Created: 2012-05-03 Last updated: 2012-05-03Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Demographic Journeys along the Silk Road: Marriage, Childbearing, and Migration in Kyrgyzstan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Demographic Journeys along the Silk Road: Marriage, Childbearing, and Migration in Kyrgyzstan
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This thesis contributes to the limited demographic literature on Central Asia – the region through which led the great Silk Road – an ancient route of trade and cultural exchange between East and West. We focus on Kyrgyzstan and countries in its immediate neighborhood: Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. We analyze the dynamic interplay between marriage, childbearing, and migration, and examine fertility intentions and intentions to migrate as predictors of demographic outcomes. The thesis consists of four co-authored and one single-authored paper connected through a common theme of ethno-cultural differences in demographic behavior. In the first three studies, we explore the link between migration and family formation. We demonstrate that increased fertility of recent migrants is attributable to marriage-related resettlements. In paper four, we provide an analysis of intentions to move abroad. Our results suggest that ethnicity plays a significant role, independent of other factors, in determining migration plans and preferences, and detect ethnic-specific effects of marriage, childbearing, and social capital on the inclination to migrate. In paper five, we compare the fertility and fertility intentions of ethnic majority and minority groups in three neighboring countries of the region. We explain fertility differentials between ethnic groups in terms of the combined effects of their status in society, country-level differences in institutional settings, and historical and cultural factors.

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Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2012. 9 p.
Dissertation series / Stockholm University Demography Unit, ISSN 1404-2304 ; 7
marriage, childbearing, migration, ethno-cultural differences, Kyrgyzstan
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociological Demography
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-75723 (URN)978-91-86071-93-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-09-21, hörsal 4, hus B, Universitetsvägen 10 B, Stockholm, 15:00 (English)

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 5: Manuscript.

Available from: 2012-05-29 Created: 2012-04-25 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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