The Link Between the Transnational Behaviour and Integration of the Second Generation in European and American Cities

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The Link Between the Transnational Behaviour and Integration of the Second Generation in European and American Cities

This article investigates the transnational behaviour of the children of immigrants - the second generation - in 11 European and two U.S. cities. We find evidence that transnational practices such as visits to the home country, remittances and use of ethnic media persist only among a minority of the second generation. At a personal level, these second-generation transmigrants are less socio-culturally integrated but more economically integrated in the host country. They also tend to live in those cities and countries with policies that are more assimilationist or exclusionary than multicultural.

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