Social networks and migration preferences in rural Armenia

Arusyak Sevoyan, Arizona State University
Victor Agadjanian, Arizona State University
Cecilia Menjivar, Arizona State University

Previous studies have identified various factors that may affect the decision, rate and destination of migration. Migrant networks are believed to be one of the most important factors that increase the likelihood of migration. However, migrant networks are only one part of the social networks of an individual. The effect of non-migrant networks on migration decision has not been adequately studied. Using recent data from rural Armenia, this paper examines the role of migrant as well as non-migrant social networks in women’s intentions to migrate. While the results do not provide evidence of a positive association between migrant networks and likelihood of migration intentions, they indicate a significant negative effect of non-migrant networks on women’s proclivity to migrate.

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Presented in Poster Session 2