Title
Falling in love with(in) Europe : European bi-national love relationships, European identification and transnational solidarityFalling in love with(in) Europe : European bi-national love relationships, European identification and transnational solidarity
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Research group
Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS)
Publication type
article
Publication
London,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
European Union politics. - London, 2000, currens
Volume/pages
16(2015):4, p. 469-489
ISSN
1465-1165
ISI
000364749500001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Love is often a key factor in migration decisions. Partner relationships and union formation have also been identified as forming an intrinsic part of intra-European migration. Nevertheless, empirical research into intra-European love migration remains rather scarce. In this paper, we focus on the often neglected but substantial intra-European moves. We analyse the relationship between bi-national couple formation, identification as a European and European transnational solidarity. The analyses are based on the EUMARR survey, investigating bi-national marriages in a unified Europe, comparing European bi-national and uni-national couples. In this paper, we focus on the Netherlands (n=898) and compare Dutch-Dutch with Dutch-EU couples. Our findings indicate that bi-national couples are more likely to identify as European compared to uni-national couples, but this is not reflected in more solidarity to European countries in times of crisis. Implications of these findings are discussed in light of the European integration process.
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