Enrico Pugliese

Vote with feet

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Starting from the Hirschman categories, the choice of emigrants to leave their country can be interpreted either as an "Exit" or as a "Voice". In the author's opinion, the two alternatives are not incompatible, as long as we consider a fundamental difference: that between economic and political decision. However, in the case of emigration, there is another alternative to be taken into consideration, because the emigrants' exit is not always a polemical choice towards their own country: there may not be any form of protest nor implicit or explicit in the choice to move. In this perspective, emigration cannot be considered neither Voice nor Exit.

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