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Volume 72, issue 4
Geogr. Helv., 72, 443-453, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-443-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Geogr. Helv., 72, 443-453, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-443-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Standard article 12 Dec 2017

Standard article | 12 Dec 2017

Familienmigration bei Hochqualifizierten: wie intergenerationale Beziehungen das Einleben prägen

Stefanie Föbker Stefanie Föbker
  • Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Abstract. This paper addresses family migration amongst highly-skilled professionals. Drawing on the concept of linked lives, it analyses how the linked lives of parents and children affect integration processes after international migration. The article is based on qualitative interviews with highly-skilled migrants and their accompanying partners in Germany and Great Britain. The analysis illustrates how parents try to reestablish stability and security in their children's lives after migration. It reveals common concerns. However, some of the parents' strategies are location-specific. The results indicate that the parents' efforts for their children's integration also have an effect on their own integration. Given the importance of children in the integration process, the paper suggests paying more attention to the children's perspective in future migration research.

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This paper addresses family migration amongst highly-skilled professionals. Many highly-skilled professionals who move abroad for career reasons are accompanied by partners and children. However, their integration processes are rarely discussed. The article is based on interviews with highly-skilled migrants and their accompanying partners in Germany and Great Britain. The results indicate that parents’ efforts for their children’s integration also have an effect on their own integration.
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