TOWARDS INCOMPLETE MIGRATION: ESTONIAN MIGRATION TO FINLAND; pp. 97–114Full article in PDF format | https://doi.org/10.3176/tr.2017.2.01
For a comprehensive understanding of the changing and complex migration patterns in Europe, both quantitative and qualitative analys
is are needed. In this paper we complement the studies on migration patterns of East-West migration by qualitatively analysing Estonian migration to Finland. The aim of the paper is to analyse the migration histories of Estonian migrants in Finland with a focus on the meaning and consequences of these patterns on an individual level but also on the effect of geographical proximity on migration patterns. The results bring forth the individual level gains and losses of migration and show that geographical proximity between the home and host country is conducive to more incomplete migration patterns. Our results also suggest that incomplete migration may have a positive effect for the home country as migrants continue to be consumers in their home country and relieve the pressure on its social system.
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