Skip to main content

Research Repository

See what's under the surface

Kosovo - Winning its Independence but Losing its People? Recent Evidence on Emigration Intentions and Preparedness to Migrate

Ivlevs, Artjoms; King, Roswitha

Authors

Tom Ivlevs A.Ivlevs@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Economics

Roswitha King



Abstract

© 2015 International Organization for Migration. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008, but substantial proportions of its population are expressing their lack of confidence by preparing to emigrate. In this paper, we present evidence from a customized post-independence survey (1,367 face-to face interviews) on emigration intentions in Kosovo, carried out in June 2008. Thirty per cent of the respondents from the Albanian-speaking majority have taken concrete steps to move abroad, and emigration intentions have again risen to their pre-independence peak. Strikingly, it is the better educated and those with higher incomes that are more likely to exit. Ethnic Serbs (the largest minority group) are less likely to emigrate than Kosovo's ethnic majority.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2015
Journal International Migration
Print ISSN 0020-7985
Electronic ISSN 1468-2435
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 5
Pages 84-103
Institution Citation Ivlevs, A., & King, R. (2015). Kosovo - Winning its Independence but Losing its People? Recent Evidence on Emigration Intentions and Preparedness to Migrate. International Migration, 53(5), 84-103. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2435.2011.00716.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2435.2011.00716.x
Keywords South-East Europe, Kosovo, emigration intentions, brain-drain, determinants of emigration decision, ethnic minorities
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2435.2011.00716.x
Related Public URLs http://carecon.org.uk/DPs/1002.pdf