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The Formation of Migrant Networks

Margherita Comola () and M. Mendola

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Abstract: In this paper, we provide the first direct evidence on the internal structure of the migrant social network. By using a purposely designed survey on Sri Lankan immigrants living in Milan, we show that the pattern of within-group link formation is heterogeneous across immigrants, and differentiated according to the network function (i.e., accommodation, credit, job-finding). We find that migrants tend to interact with co-nationals who come from nearby localities at origin, while the time of arrival has a U-shaped effect. Once the link is formed, material support is provided mainly to relatives, while early migrant fellows are helpful for job-finding. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Keywords: migration; Milan; social links; Sri Lanka (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-04
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Published in Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley, 2015, 117 (2), pp.592-618. ⟨10.1111/sjoe.12093⟩

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DOI: 10.1111/sjoe.12093

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