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2000 Families: identifying the research potential of an origins-of-migration study

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Ayse Guveli, Harry B.G. Ganzeboom, Helen Baykara-Krumme, Lucinda Platt, Sebnem Eroglu, Niels Spierings, Sait Bayrakdar, Bernhard Nauck, Efe Sozeri

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2558-2576
Issue number14
Early online date7 Oct 2016
Accepted/In press31 Aug 2016
E-pub ahead of print7 Oct 2016


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Despite recent advances, critical areas in the analysis of European migration remain underdeveloped. We have only a limited understanding of the consequences of migration for migrants and their descendants, relative to staying behind; and our insights of intergenerational transmission is limited to two generations of those living in the destination countries. These limitations stem from a paucity of studies that incorporate comparison with non-migrants – and return migrants – in countries of origin and which trace processes of intergenerational transmission over multiple generations. This paper outlines the theoretical and methodological discussions in the field, design and data of the 2,000 Families study. The study comprises almost 50,000 members of migrant and non-migrant Turkish families across three family generations, living in Turkey and eight European countries. We provide indicative findings from the study, framed within a theoretical perspective of “dissimilation” from origins, and reflect on its potential for future migration research.

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