Revisiting migrant networks: migrants and their descendants in labour markets

Keskiner, Elif, Eve, Michael and Ryan, Louise, eds. (2022) Revisiting migrant networks: migrants and their descendants in labour markets. IMISCOE Research Series . Springer. ISBN 9783030949716


In this volume, both established and new scholars present their findings on the networks of migrants and their descendants and explore the content of their social ties for educational and labor market success. The book brings together quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, including network analysis, various migrant groups across seven European countries and varied professional contexts.

As noted by the editors in their introductory chapter, this book aims to address some key questions about the role of network in migration contexts, particularly in relation to how migrants, and their descendants, access the labour market and develop their employment trajectories over time.

In so doing, this book offers critical interrogations of the role of co-ethnic networks and examines the extent to which migrants may rely upon dynamic strong and weak ties.

Rather than adopting a narrow or essentialising ethnic lens, the research presented in this book explores intersectional identities of class, generation and gender.

Looking beyond the ethnic lens, the chapters, explore the role of interpersonal ties across different segments of the labour market, including public and private sectors, with varied recruitment procedures.

By focusing on the kinds of capital circulating between ties, including the dark side of social capital, the book offers insights into power dynamics and the potentially exclusionary dimension of networks.

Taking a long term view, across generations, the research in this book shows how migrants and their descendants may mobilise resources to tackle discrimination and enhance their position within particular labour markets.

Taken together, the contributions to this book, offer alternative approaches to understanding the complexity, contextuality and dynamism of social networks in how migrants and their descendants access labour markets and build employment trajectories within different sectors.

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