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Migration Decision-Making among Bangladeshi Migrants in Italy: A Combined Model Approach

Kazi Abdul, Mannan and V.V, Kozlov (1999): Migration Decision-Making among Bangladeshi Migrants in Italy: A Combined Model Approach. Published in: Russian Management Journal , Vol. 10, No. 2 (December 1999): pp. 19-42.


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This paper provides a nascent look at the application as well as the advantages of the hierarchical regression model in studying migration decision making. The aim of this study is to examine economic migrants’ decision to migrate, focusing specifically on potential migrants who can choose if and where to migrate, and which conditions facilitate their migration. We explored migration decisions using in-depth, semi-structured interviews with male and female migrants from two Bangladeshi communities, one with high and one with low Italy migration density. Half were returning migrants and half were non-migrants with relatives in Italy. Using households survey data from Bangladeshi migrants to Italy for a two-level hierarchy individual/household level and public use micro-data , it takes a fresh look at how a hierarchical logit model can improve migration studies by including demographic, socio-economic, and bio-geo-physical factors. Reasons for return were related to migrants’ initial social and economic motivations for migration. A greater understanding of factors influencing migration decisions may provide insight into the vulnerability of immigrant youth along the journey, their adaptation process in Italy, and their reintegration in Bangladesh. Finally, the findings indicate that the hierarchical regression approach provides significant advantages in studying migration decision-making.

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