The objectives of this study are twofold: first, we assess what factors anchors are keeping immigrants in their current place of residence, and what variables drive immigrants to move out of their community. Second, we also look at how the effects of these factors on migration differ by whether or not immigrants are living in ethnic enclaves and by the macro-level economic environment. We find that the conventional anchors of mobility are less powerful for immigrants living in co-ethnic regions. Results also show that under depressed economic conditions, migration decisions are largely driven by economic factors, and that socio-demographic factors like marital status are less consequential. Conversely, when general economic conditions are better for immigrants, marital status will weigh more heavily on migration decisions.

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Keywords duration analysis, ethnic enclaves, immigrant mobility
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Journal Journal of Demographic Economics
Voia, M.-C, Ci, W. (Wen), & Haan, M. (Michael). (2017). LOVE, MONEY, LOCATION: THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF MARITAL STATUS, INCOME, AND LOCATION CHOICE OF IMMIGRANTS TO BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada. Journal of Demographic Economics (Vol. 83, pp. 421–444). doi:10.1017/dem.2017.17