The Formation of Migrant Networks
33 Pages Posted: 25 May 2013
Date Written: May 23, 2013
We use a purposely-designed survey on Sri Lankan immigrants living in Milan to study their personal network. By taking a dyadic perspective we investigate how migrants form (weak and strong) social links among them in the host country, and the extent to which this network provides them material support along three different dimensions: accommodation, credit, job-finding. Our results show that links are more likely between immigrants who are born in close-by localities at origin. The time of arrival has a non-linear effect: links are more frequent between immigrants arrived at the same time, and between long-established immigrants and newcomers. Once the link exists material support is provided mainly to relatives while long-established migrants are helpful for job finding.
Keywords: Migration, Networks, Sri-Lanka, Milan
JEL Classification: J15, D85, C45
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