The Formation of Migrant Networks

33 Pages Posted: 25 May 2013

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Margherita Comola

Paris School of Economics (PSE); Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Mariapia Mendola

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for European Studies (CefES)

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Date Written: May 23, 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Comola, Margherita and Mendola, Mariapia, The Formation of Migrant Networks (May 23, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2269096 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2269096

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