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Child-related Concerns and Migration Decisions: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • February 21st, 2019

Current times are characterized by unprecedented migration levels: millions of people are on the
move worldwide. Thus, understanding why people decide to migrate is a major goal of policymakers
and international organizations, and migration has become a prominent issue on the global research
agenda. Traditional migration drivers can be divided into reasons to leave (‘push’ factors) and reasons
to migrate (‘pull’ factors), and include income deprivation, dissatisfaction with public services and
institutions in the home country, conflict and war, climate change, and social networks abroad. In this
paper, we focus our attention on children’s well-being as a potential migration driver. We investigate
it by using the Gallup World Poll, a repeated cross-section data set of a survey conducted in more than
150 countries from 2006 to 2016.

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