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Time pattern of remittance behaviours in Italy
Annalisa Busetta, Valeria Cetorelli, Manuela Stranges

Last modified: 2013-06-16

Abstract


This paper intends to figure out why immigrants remit, what characteristicsthey have and, in particular, which of these individual characteristics influence (and inwhat sense) their propensity to remit. In particular, it intends to verify the existence of a"time effect" during the migration process. The time effect suppose that the propensityand the intensity of remittances becomes less consistent as far as the immigrantintegrates into the host country and the ties with the country of origin become lessintense. In practice, according to this hypothesis, the evolution of the migration plantowards stabilization in the new country, rather than to return home, would lead themigrant to invest more (humanly and economically) in the host country, while reducinghis emotional and economic commitment to the family left in the country of origin. Weuse the 2009 IT-Silc survey "Reddito e condizioni di vita delle famiglie con stranieri"carried on around 6,000 households having at least one foreigner component. Thissurvey provides many details on foreigner's characteristics, remittances attitudes andreturn plans, and allows us also to consider the composition of the family both in placeof origin and of destination.

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