Formation of Migrant Networks

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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)

Date Written: April 2015

Abstract

In this paper, we provide the first direct evidence on the internal structure of the migrant social network. By using a purposely designed survey on Sri Lankan immigrants living in Milan, we show that the pattern of within‐group link formation is heterogeneous across immigrants, and differentiated according to the network function (i.e., accommodation, credit, job‐finding). We find that migrants tend to interact with co‐nationals who come from nearby localities at origin, while the time of arrival has a U‐shaped effect. Once the link is formed, material support is provided mainly to relatives, while early migrant fellows are helpful for job‐finding.

Keywords: Migration, Milan, social links, Sri Lanka

JEL Classification: C45, D85, J15

Suggested Citation

Comola, Margherita and Mendola, Mariapia, Formation of Migrant Networks (April 2015). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 117, Issue 2, pp. 592-618, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2584762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjoe.12093

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