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Migration patterns and migrant adjustment in peninsular Malaysia

McGill University
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  • Migration
  • Internal -- Malaysia
  • Working Class -- Malaysia
  • Malaysia -- Economic Conditions
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Political Science


An analysis of migration patterns and migrant adjustment in peninsular Malaysia is presented, based on data from the Malaysian Family Life Survey. The analysis revealed that urban/rural residence, ethnicity, motivations underlying migration, and manner of securing employment are important determinants of the duration of the job search and of post-migration income. It was further noted that transferees form a distinct stream of migration. They differ from other migrants in age, education, employment, and post-migration income. In discussing the significance of these findings, attention is drawn to the impact of government policies on types of migration streams, and to the size of the public (or formal) sector as a determinant of work-related migration, or transfers.

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