Marriage Migration and Integration

Katharine A H Charsley*, Marta Bolognani, Evelyn Ersanilli, Sarah Spencer

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book


This book 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.

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’ is 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. Marriage Migration and Integration provides much needed new grounding for both academic and policy debates.

This book draws on both quantitative and qualitative data to compare transnational ‘homeland’ marriages with intra-ethnic marriages within the UK. Using a distinctive holistic model of integration, the authors examine processes in multiple interacting domains, such as employment, education, social networks, extended family living, gender relations and belonging. It will be of use to students and scholars across sociology, social anthropology, and social policy with a focus on migration, integration, family studies, gender, and ethnic studies, as well as policy-makers and service providers in the UK and across Europe.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages336
ISBN (Print)9783030402518
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

Structured keywords

  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship


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