Migrant Workers: Motives for Migration, Contingency of Choice and Willingness to Remain in the Host Country

By Nonna Kushnirovich.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between motives for labor migration, contingency of migrant workers’ choice of a destination country, and their willingness to remain in this country for the long run. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire submitted to 165 migrant workers. The study used hierarchical clustering analysis to determine three clusters of migrant workers according to their motives for migration. The resulting clusters were “high pushed and pulled”, “low pushed and pulled” and “high pulled and low pushed”. The features that characterized foreign workers in each cluster were analyzed. The results of the study revealed that human capital characteristics of migrant workers such as gender, education, living in urban or agricultural areas in the country of origin, duration of living in the host country, and family status explained the distribution of migrants between the clusters. The study revealed differences between migrant workers who had different motives in contingency of their choice of a destination. By means of ordinal regression the study revealed that the salient factors that affected willingness of migrant workers to remain in a destination country for the long run were gender and motives for immigration. Thus, motives for migration affected both the contingency of choice of a destination and the willingness of migrant workers to remain there.

Keywords: Migrant Workers, Motives, Labor Immigrants

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.149-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.076MB).

Dr. Nonna Kushnirovich

Senior Lecturer, Institute for Immigration and Integration, Department of Economics and Management, Ruppin Academic Center, Emek Hefer, Israel

Nonna Kushnirovich is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics and Management at the Ruppin Academic Center. She is also a Researcher at the Institute of Immigration and Integration. Previously, she was a researcher in Economics at the Institute of Industrial Economics of the Ukrainian Academy of Science. Nonna Kushnirovich received her PhD in 1993. Her current research interests include economics of immigration and immigrant entrepreneurship. She has published about 40 academic papers. She is also an editor of the Yearbook of Immigrants in Israel.


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