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Title: Recent international and domestic migration in the Maltese Archipelago : an economic review
Authors: Azzopardi, Rose Marie
Keywords: European Union -- Malta
Economic development -- Malta
Malta -- Emigration and immigration
Human beings -- Migrations
Gozo (Malta) -- Emigration and immigration
Gozo (Malta) -- Economic conditions
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Institute of Island Studies
Citation: Azzopardi, R. M. (2012). Recent international and domestic migration in the Maltese Archipelago : an economic review. Island Studies Journal, 7(1), 49-68.
Abstract: Migration strategies often permit densely populated island territories to alleviate unemployment, ease pressure on limited resources, and compensate for the absence of economic diversification. This paper evaluates two types of recent migratory flows affecting the Maltese archipelago: international migration to and from the islands triggered or intensified by European Union membership; and domestic, inter-island movements between the ‘mainland’ (Malta) and the smaller island (Gozo).The descriptive statistics used are based on published data, whilst the qualitative evaluation is derived from focus groups and interviews with stakeholders. Conclusions suggest that emigration remains an overall positive experience at the individual level, with constructive spill-over effects, mingling of cultures and better use of resources at the national level. Such benefits can be expected to increase if authorities design policies which encourage rather than discourage migratory flows.
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