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Family Migration: Fulfilling the Gap between Law and Social Processes

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  • Laura Zanfrini

    () (Department of Sociology, Università Cattolica di Milano, Largo A. Gemelli, 1-20123 Milan, Italy)

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In the last twenty-five years, the family entity has been imposed as a crucial actor in understanding migratory strategies and behaviors, the study of the integration into the host society, the analysis of the impact of migrations for the sending and receiving countries and, last but not least, the evaluation of migratory policies and practices. This article recalls the main theoretical prospects that put specific emphasis on family; identifies some “ideological traps” that frequently influence family immigration policies and practices; then develops some considerations about the advantages and disadvantages of family migration for both the sending and the receiving countries; finally, it devotes a specific analysis to the family reunification issue, describing how this right is ruled by the EU legislation. In the conclusion, the Author observes that, notwithstanding the fact that family constitutes a crucial actor in the process of human mobility, both the legislation and the receiving societies’ expectations concerning migration continues to be founded on an individualistic conception. Among other consequences of this asymmetry, there is the fact that family reunion is not always the best solution if the well-being of all family members and the life chances of migrants’ offspring are taken into account.

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  • Laura Zanfrini, 2012. "Family Migration: Fulfilling the Gap between Law and Social Processes," Societies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(3), pages 1-12, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsoctx:v:2:y:2012:i:3:p:63-74:d:18719
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    1. Stark, Oded & Bloom, David E, 1985. "The New Economics of Labor Migration," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 75(2), pages 173-178, May.
    2. Esping-Andersen, Gosta, 1999. "Social Foundations of Postindustrial Economies," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198742005.
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    1. Laura Zanfrini & Massimiliano Monaci, 2017. "Between Ambitions and Ambivalences: Cross-cultural Diversity Management and Immigrant Integration," Business and Management Studies, Redfame publishing, vol. 3(1), pages 10-23, March.

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    Keywords

    migration studies; migrant families; migration policies; family reunification;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • P - Economic Systems
    • P0 - Economic Systems - - General
    • P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • P3 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions
    • P4 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems
    • P5 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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