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Transnational Families

Transnational families


‘Transnational families’ refers to sustained ties of family members and kinship networks across the borders of multiple nation states. The term recognizes that migration is not necessarily unidirectional, with the permanent resettlement of families, or parts of families, in a country of destination, but more often involves fluid relationships between family members in two or more countries.


Transnational families involve the creation and maintenance of a feeling of ‘family’ connections, shared welfare and a sense of a belonging across two or more national boundaries, through the long- or short-term migration and settlement of some family members. Transnationalism raises challenges for the understanding of family forms as being organized around shared household residence and participation in reproduction and consumption. In transnational kinship groups, for ...

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