Marriage Migration and Integration - a collaboration from Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli and Sarah Spencer

30 November 2020, 2.30 PM - 30 November 2020, 3.30 PM

Zoom webinar

We are pleased to announce the virtual book launch of “Marriage Migration and Integration” (Palgrave, 2020) by Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli and Sarah Spencer.

During the launch, the authors will present the key findings, followed by discussion by Kaveri Qureshi. There will also be a Q&A with the virtual audience.  The launch will be chaired by Saskia Bonjour.

About the book

In Britain, and across Europe, concern has been increasingly expressed over the implications of marriage-related migration for integration. Children and grandchildren of former immigrants marrying partners from their ancestral ‘homelands’ is often presented as problematic in forming a 'first generation in every generation,’ and inhibiting processes of individual and group integration, impeding socio-economic participation and cultural change. As a result, immigration restrictions have been justified on the grounds of promoting integration, despite limited evidence. Marriage Migration and Integration provides much needed new grounding for both academic and policy debates.

This book provides the first sustained empirical evidence on the relationships between marriage migration and processes of integration, focusing on two of the largest British ethnic minority groups involved in these kinds of transnational marriages – Pakistani Muslims and Indian Sikhs. It draws on both quantitative and qualitative data to compare transnational ‘homeland’ marriages with intra-ethnic marriages within the UK. Using a distinctive holistic model of integration, the authors examine processes in multiple interacting domains, such as employment, education, social networks, extended family living, gender relations and belonging. It will be of use to students and scholars across sociology, social anthropology, and social policy with a focus on migration, integration, family studies, gender, and ethnic studies, as well as policy-makers and service providers in the UK and across Europe. 

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You can order the book from the Palgrave website with code PM20TWENTY4 to get a 20% discount.

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