Jan 2002 – Dec 2007
This project analyses how immigrants' ties with their country of origin are affected by Europe's restrictive immigration policies. When policies restrict continued migration, this might lead to a lack of 'fresh blood' in migrant communities and contribute to distanciation from the society of origin. Furthermore, strong emigration pressure affects the relationship between non-migrants who are eager to come to Europe, and their emigrant relatives who feel socially obliged to help, but have limited opportunities for facilitating immigration. The survival of transnational connections are related to the relationship between migrant generations, and the different generations' attachment to the country of origin.
The questions above are addressed through the case study of migration from Cape Verde to the Netherlands, an accessible and succinct instance of processes affecting numerous sending and receiving countries. The analysis is based on fieldwork in both countries, with semi-structured interviews within family networks as the principal form of data collection. The empirical analysis is used to inform the development of theoretical perspectives on contemporary migration. Existing theories have limited explanatory capacity because they largely fail to incorporate the effects of restrictive immigration policies.
Yesterday, Jørgen Carling appeared in a Front Page story in New York Times. In the article "In a World on the Move, a Tiny Land Strains to Cope", PRIO Researcher Jørgen Carling is interviewed on Cap Verde as a 'showcase of the contradictions and frictions of global migration'.
Journal Article in Migration Studies
Journal Article in International Migration
Journal Article in Ethnic and Racial Studies
Journal Article in International Migration Review
Book Chapter in Transnational Archipelago: Perspectives on Cape Verdean Migration and Diaspora.
Book Chapter in Transnational Archipelago: Perspectives on Cape Verdean Migration and Diaspora
Book Chapter in Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cape Verde
Book Chapter in Migrations, transferts de fonds et développement
Report - External Series
Journal Article in Afriche e Orienti
Journal Article in Population, Space and Place
Journal Article in Global Networks
Journal Article in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies