|Title:||Corruption as a Driver of Migration Aspirations: the Case of Ukraine|
Vol. 7, No 4, 2014
Published date: 20-11-2014 (print) / 20-11-2014 (online)
Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
|Keywords:||corruption-migration aspirations nexus, migration aspiration, international migration, Ukraine|
|JEL classification:||D73, F22|
This paper explores the corruption-migration aspirations nexus in Ukraine. The article demonstrates that corruption continues to pervade all levels of Ukraine’s political and socio-economic system, and provides evidence from the findings of EUMAGINE project. The study reveals robust evidence that apart from the traditional migration driver – income differentials between source and destination countries – corruption is also a driver of migration aspirations. In summary, our analysis draws attention to the fact that Ukraine does not only suffer from a broad variety of negative externalities, diverse institutional inefficiencies and structural problems, but may also lose - as a consequence of the negative socio-economic and political effects of corruption – the human capital necessary for sustainable economic development.