Towards a segmented identity or a bridge? Exploring transnational behavior of descendants of Turkish immigrants to Western Europe

Raquel Matias, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED)
Nadja Milewski, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED)

The paper focuses on the transnational behavior of immigrant descendants living in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Around 3 million Turkish immigrants live in Western Europe. Their descendants are in the phase of the transition to adulthood and family formation today. The project on The Integration of the European Second Generation (TIES) was launched in 2003 in order to pay special attention to second-generation immigrants living in eight Western European countries. Our analysis uses the samples from France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Each sample includes about 500 persons who were born in these countries and who have one or both parents born in Turkey. The respondents are 18 to 35 years old. Our paper describes the patterns of transnational behavior and pays attention to the role of the country of residence in shaping transnational behavior. We use both information during childhood and at the date of the survey.

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Presented in Session 19: Transnational communities, social networks and international migration