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The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces$
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Thomas Faist

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198293910.001.0001

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The Crucial Meso Link: Social Capital in Social and Symbolic Ties

The Crucial Meso Link: Social Capital in Social and Symbolic Ties

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(p.96) 4 The Crucial Meso Link: Social Capital in Social and Symbolic Ties
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The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces
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Thomas Faist

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198293910.003.0004

Once the broader opportunities are set, the familiar story about evolving migration dynamics goes like this: as migration flows develop, potential migrants who have stayed at home can move in increasing numbers. For this to occur, migrant networks need to form: With the existence of migration networks and the support they carry, it becomes easier to travel abroad, to find work and housing, to get adjusted to new types of work, to change jobs, to find child care, to keep in touch with the country of origin, and to consummate communal and spiritual needs. Information then flows through personal contacts, such as recurrent, transilient, and return migrants, and within immigrant clusters, such as manifold Landsmannschaften. In short, migrant networks, reduce the economic and psychological risks and costs associated with international long-distance migration.

Keywords:   international migration, work, housing, migrant networks, economic risks, psychological risks, manifold Landsmannschaften, return migrants

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