Migrant Social Networks: Vehicles for Migration, Integration and Development

Maritsa V. Poros
Date of Publication: 
March, 2011
Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

This short "primer" on migrant social networks is intended to enrich the "policy discourse" on this subject. Written by Prof. Maritsa V. Poros of City University of New York, the article notes that social networks "make migration possible" in the first place and create their own vibrant labor markets. Noting that governments are beginning to invest in the capacity of migrant networks to foster development in home countries, she calls attention to the potential of migrant networks to facilitate the economic and social integration of newcomers.

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Poros, M. V. (2011). Migrant Social Networks: Vehicles for Migration, Integration, and Development. Washington, D.C.: Migration Policy Institute.