Migration for family and labour market outcomes in Sweden

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Using information on stated motives for migrating among working-age individuals in the 2007 Swedish Motives for Migration survey(N = 1,852),we use multinomial logistic regression to examine whether and how moves for family reasons are linked to labour market outcomes in ways that differ from migration initiated for other motives, including more overtly labour-related factors. The results indicate that family-based migration is associated with worse labour market outcomes than migration for employment or other reasons. Additionally, family-motivated migrants with co-resident children are more likely to experience labour market deterioration than those without children. Among those who were unemployed before moving, those who reported family as a motive for moving were significantly more likely to be employed after the move. These results help us better assess how families and social networks impact economic outcomes-negatively in some circumstances and positively in others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-219
Number of pages11
JournalPopulation Studies
Issue number2
Early online date13-Aug-2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • family
  • internal migration
  • labour market outcomes
  • migration motives
  • reasons for moving

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