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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1861;

Channels to West: Exploring the Migration Routes between Romania and France

West University of Timișoara, 300223 Timișoara, Romania
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Received: 19 July 2017 / Revised: 5 September 2017 / Accepted: 6 October 2017 / Published: 17 October 2017
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The integration of East European Countries in European Union has long-term consequences, with migration being one of the main social effects of this process. From an economic perspective, the research on migration has attracted considerable attention, whereas the analyses focused on the social networks are more scarce. The importance of these social networks becomes more substantial due to their quality and ability to reduce costs, risks of movement and uncertainty. Although the migratory networks are known at national levels, there are very few data related to the territorial distribution of migration network between origin and destination areas. In this context, Romania registered the highest level of emigration toward Western European countries, and this case study offers illustrative insights for the broader literature. In order to illustrate the territorial distribution of migrants’ network between Romania and France, we used an exhaustive analysis of the trajectories of all clients who used one of the largest transport companies operating between Romania and France (8094 cases). Using the benefits of this evidence-based approach, we identified the regions and the Romanian towns most affected by the migration phenomenon. Complementary, we illustrated the territorial distribution and the preferred destination regions in France for the Romanian immigrants. We present the migration networks that exist between the towns of the two countries and identify the intensity of each migration circuit. View Full-Text
Keywords: migration; migration circuits; Romania; France; network migration; migration circuits; Romania; France; network

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Matichescu, M.L.; Dragan, A.; Lucheș, D. Channels to West: Exploring the Migration Routes between Romania and France. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1861.

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