Working Papers 7-2011

"Quantifying social drivers of remittances in the
European Union", by Andrés Martínez e Iñigo Moré

We have found that a significant statistical relationship exists between remittances and the employment of
foreigners. This relationship allows us to consider the number of migrant workers employed in a host country
as the primary social driver of remittances. The relationship varies depending on the country where the
foreign worker is employed and we have identified four different patterns among members of the European
Union. Cluster analysis reveals that country selection is conditioned in some way by the nature of the labor
market, and technological development may pose a barrier to entry for the workers who are most likely to
send the largest amounts of remittances.

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