, Volume 68, Issue 2–3, pp 223–242 | Cite as

Transnational ties and intra-immigrant group settlement experiences: A case study of Indian Bengalis and Bangladeshis in Toronto

  • Sutama Ghosh


Transnational theories have established that, after migrating to a new country, migrants often maintain their pre-existing social, economic, and political ties to their home country. The extent to which however, transnational institutional and social connections may affect the residential location and housing experiences of immigrant and refugee groups, and why and how these experiences differ within broadly defined immigrant groups such as the ‘South Asians’ remains unexplored. Building on transnational theory and previous research on the housing trajectories of new Canadians, this paper examines the housing experiences of two recently arrived ‘South Asian’ subgroups in Toronto–Indian Bengalis and Bangladeshis. By highlighting important intra-immigrant group differences, the study reveals how diverse transnational ties affect their neighbourhood choice and the type, tenure, and quality of housing when they first arrived in Toronto.


Transnational ties Intra-immigrant group Indian Bengalis Bangladeshis 



I wish to acknowledge CERIS (Metropolis) Toronto for allowing me to use the LIDS data for this research. I am grateful to the special editors of this issue—Dr. Carlos J Teixeira and Dr. Wei Li and the two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments, and Mr. Raymond M Garrison for his editorial remarks. I am also grateful to Professor Robert A Murdie for his guidance and support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada

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