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This paper uses census and survey data to identify the wage earning ability and the selectivity of recent Romanian migrants and returnees. We construct measures of selection across skill groups and estimate the average and the skills-specific premium for migration and return for three typical destinations of Romanian migrants after 1990. We find evidence for a sorting of migrants consistent with skill compensation structures in destination countries. The premium to return migration increasesdoi:10.3386/w16912 fatcat:xrjsvzeutfefzckyiqozubg2xi