The nexus between intermarriage and integration: Findings from a multidimensional study in Spain.

TitleThe nexus between intermarriage and integration: Findings from a multidimensional study in Spain.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRodríguez-García, D, Lubbers, MJ, M. Solana, S, V. Luken, DMiguel
JournalAnnals of the American Society for Political and Social Sciences
Volume662
Start Page223
Issue1
Keywordsimmigration; intermarriage; integration;assimilation; identity; Spain; mixed methods
Abstract

This article examines the nexus between intermarriage and sociocultural dimensions of the integration of immigrants in Spain. The data presented draw on ninety-four in-depth interviews conducted with immi- grants of seven different origins in exogamous (mixed) and endogamous (same-origin) unions in Catalonia, the region with the highest rate of immigration and ethno- racial diversity in Spain. We apply a mixed-methods approach, combining quantitative and qualitative analy- ses. We find that the relationship between intermar- riage and integration is complex and multidirectional: intermarriage has a direct effect on some dimensions of integration (e.g., the expansion and diversification of personal/social networks) but has no relationship (e.g., for identification with the society of destination) or a bidirectional relationship (e.g., for the learning of offi- cial languages) for others. Furthermore, we find that the outcomes are context-dependent and may be mod- erated by factors such as country of origin or gender. In sum, our results suggest a much more nuanced picture of the nexus between intermarriage and integration than has traditionally been theorized.

DOI10.1177/0002716215598136
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