Marriage Migration and Integration: Unpacking the Arguments and Evidence

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


Despite the confident proclamations by political commentators concerning relationships between transnational marriage migration and integration, the evidence base to underpin such assertions is mixed, and complicated by differing foci, contexts and assumptions. In this chapter, we use the five part conceptualisation of integration set out in Chapter 2, to interrogate key arguments, evidence and assumptions in a systematic fashion, whilst drawing out the implications for analysis of marriage migration of broader debates in the social sciences literature, such as on ‘bonding’ and ‘bridging’ capital, on processes across the five domains. The conclusions undermine the homogenising political representation of transnational marriages as problematic for ‘integration’, demonstrating the need for empirical research, such as our study, to explore the complexity of the integration processes at play.


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

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