Theories of Migration: Critical Review in the Context of the EU East-West Flows
Best Participant Essay Series, CARIM - EUI, 2009
30 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2011
Date Written: June 6, 2009
This paper critically reviews theories of migration in the context of EU East-West flows. In addition to outlining the weaknesses of the dominant approaches, it also reviews migration theorizing more generally and synthesizes current suggestions on how to advance migration theorizing. The paper empirically tests the neoclassical paradigm on the actual data of after-accession labor mobility from the EU8 countries to the UK and Ireland. It argues that the neoclassical theory of migration struggles to account for significantly different rates of outmigration from CEE countries which share relatively similar living standards and wage differentials relative to Western Europe. The analysis help to support the conceptual critique of this theory and to emphasize the need to incorporate country-specific institutional and structural variables into migration research while analyzing migration as part of broader global processes and socio-economic change.
Keywords: CEE, labor migration, migration theory, wage differentials
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