9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS10 Socio-Anthropology of Trans-national Migrations and Migrants' Families

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Readjustments of Gender Relations in Trans-national Families Building II, C2.05

Migrants' Families in Portugal: a socio-anthropological approach

During the second half of the 90's, and in line with what happened in other Southern European countries, Portugal emerged as a host country for the international migratory flows. This paper is based on an ongoing study that, using panel data, researches the familiar immigrants trajectories, the impact of public policies on the 'integration' process and the migrants and their families as social actors on that process. Taking in account the social arrangements in the origin and host societies, the role of family capital and the impact of the admission and integration policies, the migratory project will be understood as a family strategy as well. For this purpose, a total of 90 interviews are being carried out to migrants that came to Portugal from Brazil, Cape-Verde and Ukraine, the three most representative migrants groups in Portugal. This study allow us to gain a deeper knowledge about the previously mentioned immigrant groups, especially regarding the impact of the public policies in the migrants' social inclusion process, the strategies developed by them to face adverse conditions and the risks of exclusion; and the dynamics of the post-migratory projects.