Chapter 16: Family behaviour of migrants
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Family behaviour and family dynamics have undergone drastic changes during the last half a century. These shifts have produced considerable diversity in family structures across and within countries in Europe. In recent decades, increasing levels of international migration have contributed to this diversity. Many migrants come from contexts with other family systems or patterns of socio-demographic development than those that prevail in the country where they settle. The family behaviour of migrants can be influenced by factors related to their contexts of origin and of destination, through processes of socialisation, selection, and adaptation. Family behaviour may also be influenced directly by intervening factors linked to the process of migration itself. This is the case for international as well as for domestic migrants. The current contribution outlines the state of art in terms of family demographic research on migrants. We discuss conceptual issues, existing empirical research, and the scope for future research on the family behaviour of migrants in Europe.