Towards a transnational perspective on residential integration

As part of the European Interact project (“Researching Third Country Nationals’ Integration as a Three-way Process – Immigrants, Countries of Emigration and Countries of Immigration as Actors of Integration”), which explores migrant integration from a sending country perspective, I wrote, with Maria Luisa Caputo, a discussion paper entitled Residential Integration: Towards a Sending Country Perspective. Here is the report in the MPC repository; here is a direct link to the pdf; here is the paper on academia.edu.

Abstract
This position paper explores the key issues relating to how residential integration – a foundation dimension of migrant and minority integration – might be understood and further researched from a  “country of origin” perspective. A series of questions are addressed: Are there transnational residential strategies of migrants? Is residential integration an indicator of integration, e.g. can owning a house be an indicator of integration? Are residential patterns in the receiving country negotiated in any way by  the state of origin? And what is the role of home country institutions in assuring residential integration or separation? Looking at the nature and quality of the housing that minorities occupy, assessed in terms of factors such as tenure, overcrowding and disrepair, and at the patterns of migrant residence in receiving societies, including clustering or its absence, the paper covers the existing state of the art and methodology used in the field, before arguing for a shift to a country of origin perspective, beyond simply using country of origin as a variable in determining residential integration outcomes, but instead re-framing the issue in a transnational perspective. It introduces a new theoretical and methodological framing, shifting the emphasis from a static “social physics” to a processual, pathwayfocused approach.

Keywords:
Transnationalism, Segregation, Migration, Urban Studies, International Migration, Migration Studies, Diaspora Studies, Sociology of Migration, Transnational migration, Diaspora and transnationalism, Migrant integration, Spatial segregation, Integration, Urban social segregation, Urban sociology, Sending States Policies, Residential segregation, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Residential Integration.
Bibliographic details:

Location: Florence, Italy
Co-author: With Maria Luisa Caputo
Publisher: Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, San Domenico di Fiesole
Publication Date: Dec 2013
Publication Name: INTERACT Project Position Paper INTERACT RR 2013/04
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About bengidley

Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. View all posts by bengidley

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