Modest expectations : causes and effects of migration on migrant households in source countries

J.S. Hagen-Zanker

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This research, mainly looking at Albania and Moldova, investigates the reasons why people migrate internationally and send remittances. It also analyses the consequences of internal migration on the well being of migrants and their family and how it affects the relationship between family members. It shows that migrant households earn higher incomes after migration, but are worse off in many aspects, e.g. housing. This is because they live in poor, semi-legal conditions and because migration is an expensive investment. Consequently, family solidarity remains high after migration, especially financial and good transfers.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • de Neubourg, Christiaan, Supervisor
  • Kaczmarczyk, P., Co-Supervisor, External person
  • Azzarri, C., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date12 Mar 2010
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789086661282
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • migration
  • remittances
  • Moldova
  • family
  • Albania
  • transfers

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