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The Economical Emigration Aspect of East and Central European Seafarers: Motivation for Employment in Foreign Fleet
1 Lithuanian Maritime Academy, Klaipeda, Lithuania
2 Klaipeda University, Klaipeda, Lithuania
3 Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
ABSTRACT: East and Central Europe countries practically experience advantages and disadvantages of seafarers? employment in foreign shipping companies. There is a need to investigate this phenomenon in the aspect of economical emigration. Shortage of marine officers worldwide exaggerates the shortage of seafarers in the mentioned region because of the economical emigration of national seafarers to foreign fleet, which provides more favorable conditions. These facts encouraged investigating several questions using case study method in one country (Lithuania), which social-economic conditions are similar to other countries of the region: What shipping companies (national or foreign) marine officers give priority to be employed to? What is the motivation of such a decision? What personal characteristics mostly determine this decision? The study results show very strong seafarers? attitude towards economical emigration, reveal the reasons of this phenomenon and relations with the personal characteristics of marine officers. Key words: economical emigration, seafarers, motivation.
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Citation note:
Sencila V., Bartusevičiene I., Rupšiene L., Kalvaitiene G.: The Economical Emigration Aspect of East and Central European Seafarers: Motivation for Employment in Foreign Fleet. TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 337-342, 2010

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