Encyclopedia of Migration

Living Edition
| Editors: Reed Ueda

Labor Migration

  • Mathias Sinning
  • Massimiliano Tani
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6179-7_9-1

Definition

International labor migration refers to the movement of individuals from one country to another for employment and other economic reasons that often may be inseparable from reasons such as family reunification, education, and seeking refuge or asylum. Labor migration is regulated by selective immigration policies of destination countries and may affect economic and social conditions in source and destination countries. An increasing number of international labor migrants are temporary workers who return to the source country after a certain period of time.

Detailed Description

Labor migration affects most countries in the world. People do not necessarily find employment or employment adequate to support themselves and their families where they normally live, while other places face local shortages of workers and offer attractive job opportunities. Labor migration, as a notion, emerges as a spatial reallocation to pursue better economic opportunities relative to those...

Keywords

International Student Migrant Worker Destination Country Family Reunification Agglomeration Externality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.The University of New South Wales (Canberra)CanberraAustralia