Why Do People Migrate? A Review of the Theoretical Literature

Maastrcht Graduate School of Governance Working Paper No. 2008/WP002

25 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2008

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Jessica Hagen‐Zanker

Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Maastricht University

Date Written: January 2008

Abstract

Massey et al. (1994) is a ground-breaking paper in the migration literature that discusses and unifies different migration theories. However, their review and synthesis is incomplete and fairly brief for researchers interested in a deeper understanding of the migration theory literature. This paper therefore aims to review the complete spectrum of economic migration theory from the 1950s until today and to show the differences and complementarities between the different approaches.

Suggested Citation

Hagen-Zanker, Jessica, Why Do People Migrate? A Review of the Theoretical Literature (January 2008). Maastrcht Graduate School of Governance Working Paper No. 2008/WP002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1105657 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1105657

Jessica Hagen-Zanker (Contact Author)

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Maastricht University ( email )

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