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Keywords:

  • International migration;
  • intra-distribution dynamics;
  • polarisation;
  • explained polarisation;
  • geographic location;
  • EU 27

ABSTRACT

This paper is aimed at analysing the European Union's international migration distribution (EUIMD) for the period 1990–2010. Besides some relevant aspects of the distribution, such as inequality and dynamics, it mainly focuses on trends in polarisation and in exploring some key factors that might be behind these trends. The results of the study reveal that polarisation in EUIMD has followed a decreasing path and that factors like geographic location and government expenditure on health are those which better explain the polarisation phenomenon.