Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 815–830 | Cite as

Children and return migration

  • Christian DustmannEmail author


We explore reasons for return migrations which are motivated by immigrants’ concerns about their children. We develop a simple model, where parents have paternalistic preferences. We show that parental concerns about the child may lead to an increase, or to a decrease in the tendency to return to the home country. Our model suggests that return plans of the parent may respond differently to the presence of daughters than to the presence of sons. The empirical test of our models relies on the exogeneity of children’s gender. We use a survey panel data set, containing information on both return realisations over 14 years, and intended return plans. Our results lend support to the hypothesis that children influence return plans of their parents.

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Key words:

Return migration Second generation migrants 


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© Springer-Verlag 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity College LondonLondon WC1EUK

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