Migrant Assimilation in Europe: A Transnational Family Affair1

Scott, Sam and Cartledge, Kim H (2009) Migrant Assimilation in Europe: A Transnational Family Affair1. International Migration Review, 43 (1). pp. 60-89. ISSN 01979183

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Abstract

The paper advances our empirical and theoretical understanding of migrant assimilation. It does so by focusing on a very particular group of individuals who appear more likely than other migrant types to “go native.” We call these individuals “mixed nationality relationship migrants” (i.e., migrants who have committed to a life outside their home country because of the presence of a foreign partner). The paper argues that the transnational family milieus that emerge from this form of international migration are critical to the assimilation process. Empirical material from 11 in-depth interviews with female migrants in Britain (Sheffield) and France (Paris) supports our argument. We also suggest that such “extreme” assimilation is more likely within a regional migratory system – like the EU – where the “identity frontiers” crossed in the formation of a transnational family are relatively shallow.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Environmental Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Sam Scott
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 10:32
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2016 15:55
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1289

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