Falling in love with(in) Europe: European bi-national love relationships, European identification and transnational solidarity

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Abstract

Love is often a key factor in migration decisions. Partner relationships and union
formation have also been identified as forming an intrinsic part of intra-European migration. Nevertheless, empirical research into intra-European love migration remains rather scarce. In this paper, we focus on the often neglected but substantial intra-European moves. We analyse the relationship between bi-national couple formation, identification as a European and European transnational solidarity. The analyses are based on the EUMARR survey, investigating bi-national marriages in a unified Europe, comparing European bi-national and uni-national couples. In this paper, we focus on the Netherlands (n¼898) and compare Dutch–Dutch with Dutch–EU couples. Our findings indicate that bi-national couples are more likely to identify as European compared to uni-national couples, but this is not reflected in more solidarity to European countries in times of crisis. Implications of these findings are discussed in light of the European integration process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-489
JournalEuropean Union Politics
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • SSCI
  • bi-naitonal love relationship
  • European identity
  • interethnic marriage
  • the Netherlands
  • transnational solidarity

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