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No more work for Stakhanov: migrants and stayers in the depopulating Donbas, Ukraine
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
2012 (English)In: Urban geography, ISSN 0272-3638, Vol. 33, no 3, 401-419 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Labor migration from the less to the more affluent cities and regions is a defining trait of the patterns of population redistribution in Central and Eastern Europe, especially in the former Soviet Union, where international disparities in income and living standards are particularly manifest. While these macro-trends are well portrayed in the literature, their outcome at the household level seldom figures in the literature. In Ukraine, labor out-migration to Russia is a frequently chosen strategy, not least because of the Russophone background of eastern Ukraine and of many of the major cities, including Kiev and Odessa. This out-migration contributes to urban decline. Using multivariate methods, we analyze the characteristics of population subgroups with and without the experience of working abroad. We also use descriptive statistics to assess the impact of migration events within households on the standard of living of the latter. Our data source is the city of Stakhanov Health Interview Survey 2009 (n = 3,000).

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2012. Vol. 33, no 3, 401-419 p.
Keyword [en]
Ukraine, labor migration, Donbas, survey method, urban population decline
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55036DOI: 10.2747/0272-3638.33.3.401ISI: 000302726400004OAI: diva2:525268
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2012-05-07 Created: 2012-05-07 Last updated: 2012-05-07Bibliographically approved

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