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Bringing Home the Money: Xenophobia and Remittances - The Case of Germany


Elke Holst


German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Andrea Schäfer


German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Mechthild Schrooten


German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

April 2008

SOEPpaper No. 92

Abstract:     
The determinants of migrants' remittances are the subject of this study based on German SOEP data (2001-2006). In contrast to previous studies we analyze the motives for remittances not only for foreigners but also for the broader group of individuals with a personal migration background. Major findings are: First, concerns about xenophobia lead to higher remittances. Second, income and gender has no impact on the probability to remit. Third, the acquisition of German citizenship is positively related to the amount remitted. All in all, remittances seem to be part of a personal financial allocation scheme for risk reduction.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: Remittances, immigrant workers, household behavior

JEL Classification: F22, J61, D10

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Date posted: April 16, 2008  

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Holst, Elke and Schäfer, Andrea and Schrooten, Mechthild, Bringing Home the Money: Xenophobia and Remittances - The Case of Germany (April 2008 ). SOEPpaper No. 92. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1120182 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1120182

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Elke Holst (Contact Author)
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )
Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany
Andrea Schäfer
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )
Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany
Mechthild Schrooten
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )
Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany
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