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How level is the Playing Field? Divided Families Among Latin American Immigrants in Spain
Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).
Sociology II , Universidad Complutense de Madrid , Madrid , Spain.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9942-4975
2013 (English)In: The History of the Family, ISSN 1081-602X, Vol. 18, no 1, 26-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

International migratory movements tend to produce the reality of divided families that are located in at least two different places. The literature on divided or transnational families and family reunification movements has shown how the socio-demographic determinants in origin and the socio-economic and institutional factors in destination drive these processes. Assuming that migratory movements are the result to a large extent of specifically familial dynamics and strategies, in this paper we are interested in exploring whether other elements associated to the country of origin and to the relationship between country of origin and country of destination have a discernible influence on the family results of migration and, specifically, on the separation and subsequent reunification of the immigrant families. This complex set of elements builds on the playing field where migratory decisions are taken. The Spanish case, characterized by a sudden explosion of international immigration between 2000 and 2007 and significant numbers of Latin American migrants arriving during these years, is a particularly suitable scenario to investigate this phenomenon. The empirical analysis will be mainly based on the National Immigrant Survey of Spain (2007).

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2013. Vol. 18, no 1, 26-43 p.
Keyword [en]
divided families, transnational families, family reunification, immigration, immigrant strategies, Spain, Latin America, family systems
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79126DOI: 10.1080/1081602X.2012.755931OAI: diva2:639606
Available from: 2013-08-08 Created: 2013-08-08 Last updated: 2014-02-06Bibliographically approved

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