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Marriage Migration and Integration

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli, Sarah Spencer
    Pages 1-30
  3. Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli, Sarah Spencer
    Pages 31-56
  4. Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli, Sarah Spencer
    Pages 57-81
  5. Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli, Sarah Spencer
    Pages 83-121
  6. Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli, Sarah Spencer
    Pages 123-159
  7. Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli, Sarah Spencer
    Pages 161-196
  8. Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli, Sarah Spencer
    Pages 197-226
  9. Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli, Sarah Spencer
    Pages 227-260
  10. Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli, Sarah Spencer
    Pages 261-282
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 283-323

About this book

Introduction

This book provides the first sustained empirical evidence on the relationships between marriage migration and processes of integration, focusing on two of the largest British ethnic minority groups involved in these kinds of transnational marriages – Pakistani Muslims and Indian Sikhs.

 

In Britain, and across Europe, concern has been increasingly expressed over the implications of marriage-related migration for integration. Children and grandchildren of former immigrants marrying partners from their ancestral ‘homelands’ is often presented as problematic in forming a 'first generation in every generation,’ and inhibiting processes of individual and group integration, impeding socio-economic participation and cultural change. As a result, immigration restrictions have been justified on the grounds of promoting integration, despite limited evidence. Marriage Migration and Integration provides much needed new grounding for both academic and policy debates.

 

This book draws on both quantitative and qualitative data to compare transnational ‘homeland’ marriages with intra-ethnic marriages within the UK. Using a distinctive holistic model of integration, the authors examine processes in multiple interacting domains, such as employment, education, social networks, extended family living, gender relations and belonging.  It will be of use to students and scholars across sociology, social anthropology, and social policy with a focus on migration, integration, family studies, gender, and ethnic studies, as well as policy-makers and service providers in the UK and across Europe.


Keywords

immigration assimilation culture religion generations ethnicity Islam Muslims India Pakistan Sikhs family

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Sociology, Politics and International StudiesUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.BristolUK
  3. 3.Department of Political SciencesUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Centre on Migration, Policy and SocietyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

About the authors

Katharine Charsley is Professor of Migration Studies in the School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol, UK.

 

Marta Bolognani is an independent scholar, UK.  

 

Evelyn Ersanilli is Senior Researcher at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

Sarah Spencer is Director of Strategy and Senior Fellow at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford, UK.


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Reviews

“The book highlights the interconnection between social domains, as seen in the role of receiving families in channelling migrant spouses towards or away from employment. It also highlights the crucial role of temporal and life-course dimensions, which interact with policies affecting transnational couples in important ways – as with the migrant spouses barred from employment because their overseas qualifications are not recognized, whilst unable to convert their qualifications because of lack of access to student funding, combined with the costs of family-building.” (Kaveri Qureshi, Ethnic and Racial Studies, June 16, 2020)