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Family influences on migration intentions: The role of past experience of involuntary immobility

Brunarska, Zuzanna; Ivlevs, Artjoms

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Zuzanna Brunarska



Abstract

The article examines the relationship between past experience of involuntary immobility in a family and the current migration intentions of its members. While family migration experience has been shown to be positively related to migration intentions, the role of past unrealised migration intentions in a family is understudied. Using the case of the former communist bloc, we focus on the migration intentions of people whose family members’ mobility aspirations were stifled by the restrictive political regime. Drawing on data from the Life in Transition III Survey, we show that close relatives of people who had been prohibited from going abroad under communist rule are more likely to report migration intentions compared with people without such family experience. We explain these findings with the intergenerational transmission of mobility aspirations.

Citation

Brunarska, Z., & Ivlevs, A. (2023). Family influences on migration intentions: The role of past experience of involuntary immobility. Sociology, 57(5), 1060-1077. https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385221136060

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 2, 2022
Online Publication Date Dec 15, 2022
Publication Date Oct 31, 2023
Deposit Date Sep 6, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 8, 2022
Journal Sociology
Print ISSN 0038-0385
Electronic ISSN 1469-8684
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 5
Pages 1060-1077
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385221136060
Keywords Migration, involuntary immobility, immobility
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/9953254
Related Public URLs http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journals/Journal201569

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