Migrant entry channels and family-related migratory patterns in Europe: a theoretical and empirical investigation

Presentation by Roberto Impicciatore
University of Milan

Despite the quantitative relevance of family-related migration in most European countries, few studies have attempted to shed light on how migration policies affect family-level migration strategies. The nature of this knowledge gap is both theoretical and empirical. This Wednesday Roberto Impicciatore will present his paper on “Migrant entry channels and family-related migratory patterns in Europe: a theoretical and empirical investigation” written with Alessio Cangiano (University of the South Pacific), which attempts to address these knowledge gaps. The overarching aim is to contribute to a better understanding of how admission channels shape household composition and the patterns and timing of family migratory processes. The empirical analysis is based on the 2008 Ad-Hoc Module on migrant workers of the EU Labour Force Survey. Most analysis is carried out based on a pooled sample of eleven EU receiving countries (Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom). A set of indicators is used to describe the migrant household composition and timing of families’ migratory pattern. The results reveal distinctive family-related migration patterns and migrant household composition by route of entry, suggesting that selective admission policies define the composition of the migrant families at different stages of the migratory experience, disrupting the cohabitation of spouses and, even more often, of different generations. One major feature of this association is its gendered connotation.

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