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Type Journal Article - Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies
Title Moving away from poverty: a spatial analysis of poverty and migration in Albania
Volume 7
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2005
Page numbers 175-193
URL http://www.eldis.org/vfile/upload/1/document/0708/DOC22271.pdf
This paper analyses recent patterns of migration and poverty in Albania, a country that --following the collapse of the communist regime in 1990 – has been experiencing high migration rates. Using a combination of survey and census data, the paper characterises spatial patterns in the distribution of poverty and migration at a high level of geographic disaggregation. The results emphasise the importance of analysing internal and international migration as different phenomena, as the two appear to be associated in opposite ways to observed poverty and welfare levels. While poverty acts as a push factor for internal migration, it seems to be a constraining factor for the more costly international migration. The results also suggest that rural migration to urban areas contributes to the relocation of poverty in urban areas.

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