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The Family Factor In Migration Decisions

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This chapter identifies and discusses the 'family factors' in a structured form to see whether their impact on migration differs in various regions of the world as well as in different periods. It concentrate on the 'structural' determinants of migration emanating from family 'systems'. Then the micro-economy of households and in particular the household strategies to maintain and improve living standards take central place. Under what circumstances do these strategies give rise to specific migration streams? The chapter focuses on the relations of family members beyond the household. How are family networks created and sustained and how do they stimulate migration? The chapter looks at recent attempts of historians to chart spatially extended family networks and to assess their impact on migration decision making. In this context, it discusses new concepts such as 'spatial capital' and 'family territories'.

Keywords: family systems; family-based migration networks; household strategies of migration; migration decision making



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