When do social networks fail to explain migration? Accounting for the movement of Algerian asylum seeks to the UK

Collyer, Michael (2005) When do social networks fail to explain migration? Accounting for the movement of Algerian asylum seeks to the UK. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 31 (4). pp. 699-718. ISSN 1369-183X

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Abstract

This paper examines the diversity of destinations of asylum-seekers in Europe, focusing on the particular situation of asylum-seekers who claim asylum in countries with no significant co-national population, such as the growing Algerian community in the UK. This movement challenges existing social network approaches to migration. It is clear that many Algerians have family links in France and that the majority continue to travel there, so there can be no suggestion that social networks are no longer relevant, or do not apply to refugee movement. However, it is apparent that most Algerians coming to Britain also have family links to France but that strict migration controls reduce the possibility of mobilising the social capital inherent in these social networks. I conclude therefore that, as a result of migration restrictions, undocumented migrants use social networks differently, focusing on weaker ties rather than strong family networks. Political and economic factors also influence location decisions, especially in the absence of strong social imperatives towards particular locations.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General)
Depositing User: Michael Collyer
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:12
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2012 13:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11062
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