The role of out-group network in the choice of migration destination: evidence from Turkey

Ali Onder, Filiz Kunuroglu

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Abstract

We analyse the association between cultural contact and international migration decision drawing on the inter-group contact hypothesis. Using data on Turkish migrant stock in 22 countries and immigration from these countries to Turkey between 2000 and 2015, we find strong association between the size of the Turkish community and migration flow of host country nationals to Turkey. Our results are robust to country-specific and year-specific effects as well as to exclusion of different channels of cultural contact. Our research brings a new perspective to the importance of networks in migration destination as most research focuses on the presence of in-group national community in the target country. Our findings contribute to the improvement of extant theories of international migration providing insight in the role of cultural contact with the out-group in the choice of migration destination.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253–260
JournalMigration Letters
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2022

Keywords

  • International migration
  • network migration
  • contact hypothesis

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