How can we understand immigration in Southern Europe?

Natalia Ribas-Mateos*

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The purpose of this paper is to set a general framework for this themed issue of JEMS in order to understand the notion of Southern European countries as an ensemble in relation to their migratory system. The proposed theoretical framework is based on a triadic relationship composed of the impact of global economic processes, a weak and familistic welfare state and a dynamic informal economy. The paper also incorporates and integrates some of the conceptual ideas deriving from other papers in this special issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1045-1063
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004


  • Comparative studies
  • Family
  • Informal economy
  • Migration
  • Southern Europe
  • Welfare state


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