|Title||The nexus between intermarriage and integration: Findings from a multidimensional study in Spain.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Rodríguez-García, D, Lubbers, MJ, M. Solana, S, V. Luken, DMiguel|
|Journal||Annals of the American Society for Political and Social Sciences|
|Keywords||immigration; intermarriage; integration;assimilation; identity; Spain; mixed methods|
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.