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Free Movement?: The Onward Migration of EU Citizens Born in Somalia, Iran, and Nigeria
Univ Sussex, Sussex Ctr Migrat Res, Brighton, E Sussex, England.;Univ Oslo, Dept Sociol & Human Geog, Oslo, Norway..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research. Univ Orange Free State, Dept Sociol, Bloemfontein, South Africa..
Univ Utrecht, Dept Urban Geog, Utrecht, Netherlands..
2016 (English)In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8444, E-ISSN 1544-8452, Vol. 22, no 1, 84-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Research into the mobility of European Union (EU) citizens has contributed to a better understanding of the social effects of European integration. A growing body of literature highlights that naturalised third-country nationals are also making use of their 'freedomof movement'. This paper proposes a typology of 'new EU citizens' who onward migrate between member states. It draws on relevant statistics and qualitative empirical research carried out with Dutch-Somalis, Swedish-Iranians, and German-Nigerians who relocated to the UK. In contrast to research with native-born EU movers, our findings indicate that the majority of naturalised EU citizens onward migrated as a result of the discrimination and racism they experienced in their previous place of residence. In this paper, we conceptualise the interactions of integration and transnationalism as a potential trigger for onward migration. We illustrate how onward migrants are able to complete certain aspects of their integration process in a second member state. Moreover, we show how migrants maintain transnational ties across several destinations and therefore contribute to a broader understanding of transnationalism.

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2016. Vol. 22, no 1, 84-98 p.
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EU citizenship, integration, onward migration, racism, third-country nationals, transnationalism
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283677DOI: 10.1002/psp.1869ISI: 000371830900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-283677DiVA: diva2:919498
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, PIEF-GA-2008-219485
Available from: 2016-04-14 Created: 2016-04-14 Last updated: 2016-04-14Bibliographically approved

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