Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
The geographies of recruiting a partner from abroad. An exploration of Swedish data
(), Maarten van Ham
() and Thomas Niedomysl
International marriages are both a result and a driver
of higher levels of global mobility and interconnectivity. Increasing ease
of air travel for work and leisure, rising numbers of individuals studying,
working and travelling abroad, and the emergence of international
partnering websites have expanded traditionally local marriage fields – the
geographical areas where people meet the partner – to global proportions.
This expansion has increased the chance of meeting a potential partner from
abroad resulting in an increase in international marriage migration.
Recruiting a partner from abroad is surrounded by prejudice and stigma.
‘Knowledge’ about the characteristics of the individual ‘importing’ a
partner from abroad is often based on anecdotic evidence and myths. In this
paper we explore the factors that determine the probability that a native
Swede recruits a partner from abroad. Along with various demographic and
socioeconomic characteristics of the Swede we will pay specific attention
to the geographies of marriage migration: the opportunity structure. This
study uses longitudinal population data for the whole of Sweden, containing
information on all individuals who lived in Sweden between 1994 and 2004.
The results from multinomial logistic regression models shed a unique light
on gendered and geographic patterns of partner recruitment.
Keywords: Migration; International marriage; Marriage migartion; Demographic characteristics; Socioeconomic characteristics; Globalisation; Sweden; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F22; (follow links to similar papers)
22 pages, February 17, 2010
ISSN: 1652-120X ISBN: 978-91-85619-60-3
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