Asymmetries in Transnational Social Protection: Perspectives of Migrants and Nonmigrants

Basak Bilecen*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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This study investigates the extent to which migrants’ embeddedness in two formal social protection systems (country of origin and host country) influences the resources they exchange in their informal supportive relationships. I analyze the support networks of a matched sample of Turkish migrants in Germany and their significant others in Turkey to illuminate the conditions and meaning of reciprocal resource exchanges, finding that both migrants and nonmigrants perceive formal social protection offered by Germany as superior to that of Turkey. I show that those perceptions have implications for how financial support is exchanged with the family but have less impact on friendships. These implications for family included unequal power relationships, changes in equity among siblings and family, different valuation processes of resources, and thus, (reciprocal) exchanges.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)168-191
Aantal pagina's24
TijdschriftThe Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - 19-mei-2020

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