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Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus

Editors: Steiner, Ilka, Wanner, Philippe (Eds.)

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  • This open access book sheds light on how economic drivers, societal factors and legal norms shape today’s migration patterns
  • Provides new insights into new migration patterns and integration processes in a high-income country with high levels of immigration
  • Written from a pluri-disciplinary perspective it helps identify approaches and solutions which can enhance immigrants’ integration
  • Based on the Migration-Mobility Survey
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This open access book provides insight on current patterns of migration in Switzerland, which fall along a continuum from long-term and permanent to more temporary and fluid.  These patterns are shaped by the interplay of legal norms, economic drivers and societal factors. The various dimensions of this Migration-Mobility Nexus are investigated by means of newly collected survey data: the Migration-Mobility Survey.

The book covers different aspects of life in the host country, including the family dimension, the labour market and political participation as well as social integration. The book also takes into account the chronological dimension of migration by considering the migrants’ arrival, their stay, and their expectations regarding return.

Through applying conclusions drawn from the Swiss context to the migration literature on other European and high-income countries, this book contributes to new knowledge on current migration processes in high-income countries.  As such it will be a valuable reference work to scholars and students in migration, social scientists and policy makers.

About the authors

Ilka Steiner is a scientific collaborator at the Institute for Demography and Socioeconomics of the University of Geneva and part of the nccr – on the move. Also, she is a lecturer in Demography at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. She is currently based the Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA) as a guest researcher. Her research interests lie in immigrant demography. She obtained a PhD in Demography from the University of Geneva with a focus on remigration intentions and behaviour of immigrants, under the provision of free movement of persons. In this framework, she launched a new register based longitudinal data base for migration research in Switzerland that is today used by several research teams of the nccr – on the move. Also, she coordinated the implementation of two national surveys among immigrants living in Switzerland, thereof the first wave of the Migration-Mobility Survey. Currently, she is involved in a subproject on the impact of family formation on return migration from a comparative perspective, between Switzerland and Sweden.

Philippe Wanner is professor of demography and head of the Institute of Demography and Socioeconomics at the University of Geneva. He holds a Bachelor in Economics and a PhD in Demography. He is also Deputy Director of the nccr – on the move. His research focuses on the demographic impacts of migration and on the processes of integration, as well as on the measure of migratory flows and integration dynamics. He recently edited a book on the demography of migrants (2012) and a book on the demographic trends in Switzerland (2014). He is also author and co-author of different peer-reviewed papers on migration and integration, including the integration on the labour market or migrants' health.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Today’s Migration-Mobility Nexus in Switzerland

    Pages 3-20

    D’Amato, Gianni (et al.)

  • Surveying Migrants in Europe. Experiences of the Swiss Migration-Mobility Survey

    Pages 21-54

    Steiner, Ilka (et al.)

  • Who Receives More Help? The Role of Employer Support in Migration Processes

    Pages 57-81

    Sandoz, Laure (et al.)

  • Who Are the Serial Movers? Sociodemographic Profiles and Reasons to Migrate to Switzerland Among Multiple International Migrants

    Pages 83-100

    Zufferey, Jonathan

  • Integration of Recently Arrived Migrants in the Swiss Labour Market – Do the Reasons for Migration Matter?

    Pages 103-122

    Wanner, Philippe

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Book Title
Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus
  • Ilka Steiner
  • Philippe Wanner
Series Title
IMISCOE Research Series
Springer International Publishing
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Number of Pages
XVIII, 328
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27 b/w illustrations