Reference : National and transnational family and friendship networks and their role for subjecti...
Scientific congresses, symposiums and conference proceedings : Unpublished conference
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Multidisciplinary, general & others
Migration and Inclusive Societies
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/48404
National and transnational family and friendship networks and their role for subjective well-being of older migrants compared to non-migrants in Luxembourg
English
Albert, Isabelle mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS) >]
Hoffmann, Martine []
Vandenbosch, Petra []
Bemtgen, Nadia []
Richard, Catherine [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS) >]
18-Aug-2021
Yes
International
ESFR 10th Online Conference, Sustainable Relationships?: Families, Personal Lives and Global Change
18-08-2021 to 19-08-2021
European Society on Family Relations
Oxford
UK
[en] family ; friends ; Luxembourg ; transnational ; older people ; active ageing
[en] Creating new bonds in the receiving country constitutes an important developmental task for migrants. Nonetheless, migrants often have smaller social networks in the receiving countries compared to non-migrants, while they stay connected with left behind family members in their countries of origin. The role of transnational ties can thereby be twofold – on the one hand, transnational relations might provide support for migrants from a distance, on the other hand feelings of loneliness might arise when network partners are living far away.
The present study is part of the project PAN-VAL on active ageing in Luxembourg, financed by the Ministry of Family and Integration, which focusses on social embeddedness vs. social isolation of migrants and non-migrants living in the multicultural context of Luxembourg. A national sample of N=1000 migrants and non-migrants 50+ living in Luxembourg were asked about their family and friendship networks, their satisfaction with family, friends and life as a whole as well as their feelings of loneliness. Further, N = 20 qualitative interviews with older migrants and non-migrants in four selected municipalities were carried out to explore social networks in more depth.
First analyses revealed smaller national family and friendship networks of migrants compared to non-migrants and people with double nationality, whereas migrants reported more transnational bonds. Migrants also reported a lower satisfaction with family and friendship networks compared to non-migrants and people with double nationality, whereas no differences were found between migrants and non-migrants with regard to feelings of loneliness. However, people with double nationality felt less lonely compared to both other groups.
Results will be discussed in a life-span perspective, considering the role of national family and friendship networks to create a sense belonging as a fundamental need of human beings.
LDFC
Luxembourg Ministry for Family Affairs and Integration
PAN-VAl
Researchers
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/48404

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