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International Journal of Manpower

Measuring ethnic linkages among migrants

Purpose Using three different measures, the aim of this paper is to investigate the channels through which ethnic linkages/networks affect the location choice of migrants. Design/methodology/approach The authors estimate conditional logit models of the US location choice by Mexican migrants, using individual level data on Mexican‐US migration collected by the Mexican Migration Project Findings The main finding is that the choice of Mexican immigrants to move to a region has a hump‐shaped relation with the amount of fellow‐Mexicans living there and with the amount of people coming from the same village. These effects are stronger for illegal immigrants and for first‐time immigrants than for legal immigrants and repeat immigrants respectively. Mixed evidence is found for the effect of the total time the Mexicans from the same village have lived in the USA. Originality/value The paper formulates the location choice of Mexican migrants in the USA as influenced by: the number of Mexicans living in the US region; the number of Mexicans from the same village as the migrants living in the US region; and the total time the Mexicans from the same village have lived in the US region.

Bauer, T., G. Epstein and I. Gang (2009), Measuring ethnic linkages among migrants. International Journal of Manpower, 30, 1/2, 56-69

DOI: 10.1108/01437720910948393