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With respective emigrant and immigrant stocks that are among the largest in the world, Mexico and Germany are affected by migration like few other countries are. They also exemplify that migratory movements need not be permanent, but are also often less temporary than initially assumed. This dissertation explores topics related to the determinants and consequences of migration in these two countries.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Local Economic and Security Factors and Internal and International Migration in Mexico's Urban Areas

  • Chapter Two

    Brain Drain among Second Generation Immigrants to Germany — Anecdotes or Reality?

  • Chapter Three

    Self-Employment and Business Ownership among Mexican Return Migrants

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in January 2014 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Silvia Barcellos (Chair), Emma Aguila, and Michael Rendall.

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