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Abstract

In this chapter, we explore the social domain of integration, situating migrant spouses’ patterns of social contacts, and drawing out their implications for integration in other domains. As the Labour Force Survey does not provide data on social networks, the discussion is based on rich qualitative material from the MMI project. The inclusion in the sample not just of migrant spouses and their partners but also intranational couples enables us to tease out the social implications of migration from the impact of experiences shared across couple types such as life stage (marriage and child rearing) as well as the opportunities and barriers presented by differing social contexts. Key themes are the ways in which families can facilitate but also impede integration processes; the importance of temporality; the impacts of patterns of employment, and of discrimination.

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Authors and Affiliations

  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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