Variation in transnationalism among Eastern European migrants in Italy: the role of duration of residence and integration

E. Cela, C.M. Fokkema, E. Ambrosetti

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Transnationalism of first-generation migrants, usually considered as the core element of their migratory projects, is taken nowadays to some extent for granted. Several migration scholars have mainly focused their research on demonstrating the complementarity or dualism between integration and transnationalism and the degree of persistence of the latter over one’s life course and generations. In line with this research, the aim of the present study is to examine empirically the relations of transnationalism with duration of residence and integration of Eastern Europe communities in the specific case of Italy, a country which has started to turn into a mass immigration country since the 1970s. Data come from the Integrometro survey 2008-2009, encompassing more than 4500 Eastern European migrants, currently representing half of the foreign population in Italy, allowing us to study nationalities that have been overlooked by migration research in transnational topics. Our results clearly show a positive relationship between migrants’ economic integration and transnationalism, suggesting that economic resources facilitate the maintenance and development of cross-border ties. Being more integrated socio-culturally, however, is accompanied with weaker transnational practices. Moreover, the level of transnational behaviour decreases the more years Eastern European migrants spend in Italy, which cannot be fully attributed to a higher level of socio-cultural integration. Keywords: migration, transnationalism, integration, Eastern Europe, Italy
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publication9th Annual IMISCOE Conference
PublisherIMISCOE Research Network
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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