Marriage Migration and Integration
Dr. Evelyn Ersanilli , the University of Amsterdam
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’ are 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.
This seminar presents the results of the book Marriage Migration and Integration ' (Palgrave) by Katharine Charsley, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli, and Sarah Spencer. Marriage Migration and Integration 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. The book offers much needed new grounding for both academic and policy debates. It examines processes in multiple interacting domains, such as employment, education, social networks, extended family living, gender relations, and belonging.
About the speaker
Dr. Evelyn Ersanilli is a Senior Researcher at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on migration policy development and immigrant integration, in particular citizenship, identity, and migrant families. She holds a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for the RIGHTS project (https://projectmigrantrights.org/). She is also a Co-Investigator in the MOBILISE project "Determinants of ‘Mobilisation’ at Home & Abroad: Analysing the Micro-Foundations of Out-Migration & Mass Protest” (https://mobiliseproject.com/).
Date: 16 December 2020
Time: 15:00 - 16:00