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.

MENDOLA, M., & Comola, M. (2015). Formation of Migrant Networks. SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS, 117(2), 592-618 [10.1111/sjoe.12093].

Formation of Migrant Networks

MENDOLA, MARIAPIA;
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.
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Migration; Milan; Social links; Sri Lanka
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MENDOLA, M., & Comola, M. (2015). Formation of Migrant Networks. SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS, 117(2), 592-618 [10.1111/sjoe.12093].
Mendola, M; Comola, M
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