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Revisiting Migrant Networks

Migrants and their Descendants in Labour Markets

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  • This open access book analyses the specificities of both the social networks of migrants and their children
  • Focuses on aspects which are important in limiting or enhancing social mobility
  • Goes beyond the simplistic assumption of solidarity among co-nationals or co-ethnics

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)


About this book

This open access book provides new conceptualisations on the networks of migrants and their descendants in accessing the labour market. Although references to social networks are common in discussions of migration, simplified ideas of co-ethnic networks often obscure the reality, for example confounding ties with co-ethnics and ‘strong ties’. This open access book addresses key questions about the role of networks in migration contexts, particularly in relation to how migrants and their descendants, access the labour market and develop their employment trajectories over time. Rather than adopting a narrow essentializing ethnic lens, the research presented in this book explores intersectional identities of class, generation and gender. By focusing on the kinds of capital circulating between ties, including the dark side of social capital, the book offers insights into power dynamics and the potentially exclusionary dimension of networks. Taking a long term view, acrossgenerations, the research in this book shows how migrants and their descendants mobilize resources to tackle discrimination and enhance their position within particular labour markets. Drawing on robust quantitative and rich qualitative data, this book provides a primary source to students, scholars and policy-makers focusing on issues of migration, social networks, social mobility as well as labour market inequalities.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Vrije Universteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Elif Keskiner

  • Law and Social Sciences, University of Eastern Piedmont, Alessandria, Italy

    Michael Eve

  • London Metropolitan University, London, UK

    Louise Ryan

About the editors

Elif Keskiner is an Assistant Professor at the Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has conducted her PhD at the University of Amsterdam on youth transitions among descendants of migrants in the Netherlands and France. Later she worked as a Post-doc researcher in the ELITES project studying capital development among upwardly mobile descendants of Turkish migrants who have achieved leading positions. She was also involved in Reducing Early School Leavers in EU project as a coordinator. As a sociologist she is trained both in quantitative and qualitative methods and she has significant experience in mixed methods studies. She has also worked in various cross-country research projects and achieved a strong competence in comparative research. Her research interests cover a wide range of subjects in sociology such as youth transitions, descendants of Turkish migrants, social mobility patterns and elite formation, social capital formation and development of various forms of capital among minority youth, transnationalism and educational inequality. She published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics. In 2017 she co-edited a special issue with Maurice Crul in Ethnic and Racial Studies called “The Upcoming New Elite among Children of Immigrants”. In 2019 her book Youth Transitions among Descendants of Turkish Immigrants in Amsterdam and Strasbourg: A Generation in Transition came out with Springer.

Michael Eve is Associate Professor and director of the Migration and Inequality Laboratory at the University of Eastern Piedmont, Alessandria, Italy. Much of his research has focused on the role of networks and social capital in the shaping of social processes. In recent years, his work has been mainly on migration, on integration into the workforce, and on educational results of children of migrants, often with a comparative focus. His work has been published in international and Italian journals including Ethnic and Racial Studies, Archives Européennes de Sociologie, Polis, Mondi Migranti, Rassegna italiana di sociologia. His work has been funded by the European Research Council, EU funds (FAMI), Italian foundations and the Italian National Research Council. He is currently working on “neighbourhood effects” and the way growing up in a particular neighbourhood affects educational attainment of children of migrants, and (in another project) on the difficulties of entering into the workforce of migrants arriving in Italy as asylum seekers.

Louise Ryan, is Senior Professor of Sociology and  Director of the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre, London Metropolitan University.She is an expert on migration with a particular focus on social networks. She has written many highly cited journal articles on migrant networks and is a leading thinker in the field of qualitative social network analysis. She has recently guest edited special issues of Global Networks (with Janine Dahinden, 2021) and Social Networks (with Paola Tubaro, Alessio D'Angelo and Antonio Casilli, 2021). Louise has published several books including Gendering Migration (with Wendy Webster, 2008) and Migrant Capital (with Umut Erel and Alessio D'Angelo, 2015).Louise a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and chair of trustees at the British Sociological Association. Louise’s work has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), FP7 and Horizon2020.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Revisiting Migrant Networks

  • Book Subtitle: Migrants and their Descendants in Labour Markets

  • Editors: Elif Keskiner, Michael Eve, Louise Ryan

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-94971-6Published: 17 March 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-94974-7Published: 17 March 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-94972-3Published: 16 March 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 236

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Migration, Public Policy, Population Economics, Sociology, general

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