An abundant body of research focused on macrolevel, mesolevel, and microlevel factorsexplaining why individuals move across international borders. In this paper, we aim tocomplement the existing literature by exploring how, within a single country, mesolevel factorsdifferently impact migration aspirations, focusing on a case study of Ukraine. We particularlyfocus on how migration aspirations of individuals in two different regions can be explained bytheir international social networks with family members, on the one hand, and with friends, onthe other. Furthermore, we explore whether regional migration characteristics play a role, as wellas the interaction of such characteristics with individuals' frequency of contact with transnationalnetworks. Our analyses are based on the EUMAGINE project and suggest that the interplaybetween regional migration characteristics and transnational social contact are key for explainingthe decline of migration systems over time.

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Keywords European Union, migration culture, migration determinants, social networks, Ukraine
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/DOI: 10.1002/psp.2131, hdl.handle.net/1765/105037
Journal Population, Space and Place
van Mol, C., Snel, E, Hemerechts, K., & Timmermans, C. (2017). Migration aspirations and migration cultures: A case study of Ukrainian migration towards the European Union. Population, Space and Place. doi:DOI: 10.1002/psp.2131