Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Corruption as a Driver of Migration Aspirations: the Case of Ukraine
Issue: Vol. 7, No 4, 2014
Published date: 20-11-2014 (print) / 20-11-2014 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Iryna Lapshyna
Keywords: corruption-migration aspirations nexus, migration aspiration, international migration, Ukraine
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2014/7-4/8
Index PUBMS: 1fdb61ef-aa13-11e7-8eae-080027f4daa0
Language: English
Pages: 113-127 (15)
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.