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Migration decision-making and its key dimensions

Migration decision-making and its key dimensions
Migration decision-making and its key dimensions
Migration decisions are taken in the context of personal needs and desires while facing uncertainty regarding outcomes of alternative behavioral options. Information about the future and its opportunities is incomplete, and whether migration turns out as a personal success or failure depends mostly on circumstances that are ex ante unknown and ex post not fully under the control of the migration decision-maker. This article elaborates on four dimensions considered as critical in approaching the complex process of migration decision-making: first, the formation of migration aspirations, second, the cognitive rules for searching and evaluating information about migratory options, third, the timing and planning horizons for preparing and realizing migratory decisions, and fourth, the locus of control and degree of agency in taking migration decisions. Based on a review of the current state of evidence, we identify avenues for future empirical research addressing knowledge gaps along these key dimensions of migration decision-making.
Aspirations, Information, Locus of control, Migration decisions, Time horizon, Uncertainty
0002-7162
Czaika, Mathias
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Bijak, Jakub
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Prike, Toby
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Prike, Toby
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Czaika, Mathias, Bijak, Jakub and Prike, Toby (2021) Migration decision-making and its key dimensions. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. (In Press)

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Migration decisions are taken in the context of personal needs and desires while facing uncertainty regarding outcomes of alternative behavioral options. Information about the future and its opportunities is incomplete, and whether migration turns out as a personal success or failure depends mostly on circumstances that are ex ante unknown and ex post not fully under the control of the migration decision-maker. This article elaborates on four dimensions considered as critical in approaching the complex process of migration decision-making: first, the formation of migration aspirations, second, the cognitive rules for searching and evaluating information about migratory options, third, the timing and planning horizons for preparing and realizing migratory decisions, and fourth, the locus of control and degree of agency in taking migration decisions. Based on a review of the current state of evidence, we identify avenues for future empirical research addressing knowledge gaps along these key dimensions of migration decision-making.

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Accepted/In Press date: 29 March 2021
Keywords: Aspirations, Information, Locus of control, Migration decisions, Time horizon, Uncertainty

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Local EPrints ID: 448403
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/448403
ISSN: 0002-7162
PURE UUID: 6c2bc89d-3a14-4351-8010-b0627e1444ed
ORCID for Jakub Bijak: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2563-5040
ORCID for Toby Prike: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7602-4947

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Date deposited: 21 Apr 2021 16:34
Last modified: 29 Jul 2021 01:54

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Author: Mathias Czaika
Author: Jakub Bijak ORCID iD
Author: Toby Prike ORCID iD

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