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

Transnational Migration of Ecuadorians in Spain and Family bonds (ESA)

Spain has become one of the countries in the world with the highest immigrations flows in the last years. In this context, Ecuadorian immigrants has reached the third position of the immigration stock at present. This has happened in a very short period of time, mainly in the last seven years. In this process, the transnational networks have played a very important role, not only at the decision taking moment, but also along the process of stablishment and integration in the receiving society. Besides, the immigration process does not imply the breakdown of the relationship with the home country. Transnational relations became more and more important nowadays, specially among the family members. In this context this paper will present the main results of our research based on transnationality and family bonds shown by the Ecuadorian population living in Spain. In order to do this, we will focus our attention in different aspects such as the networks that facilitate the decision making process at the country of origin and/or at the receiving society. We will draw the attention to the transnational exchanges among the family members (economic remittances, goods, emotional support, information channels, contacts, etc), taking into account who is the sender and the receiver.
The migration experience represent an important challenge to the family structure. That is why we will also deal with the families changes (gender roles, family reunification, the changes that children experience) that take place in the Ecuadorian families along this process.