Network migration: do neighbouring regions matter?

Klaus Nowotny, Dieter Pennerstorfer

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


This paper analyses the role of the spatial structure of migrant networks in the location decision of migrants to the European Union at the regional level. Using a random parameters logit specification, a significant positive effect of migrant networks in neighbouring regions on migrants’ location decisions is found. Although this spatial spillover effect is smaller than the effect of networks in the host regions, omitting to control for this spatial dependence results in a 40% overestimation of the effect of regional migrant networks on the location decision of newly arriving migrants.

Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502013 Industrial economics
  • 507016 Regional economy

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