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Accepted Paper:

Informality and (im)mobility in transnational social fields  
Ignacio Fradejas-García (University of Oviedo) Jose Luis Molina (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) Miranda Lubbers (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Paper short abstract:

This communication addresses the issue of how to study informality and (im)mobility along the transnational social field of Romanian immigrants in Spain.

Paper long abstract:

In the on-going research project ORBITS (MINECO-FEDER-CSO2015-68687-P) we study the social ties within a transnational social field of Romanian citizens in Spain. Drawing on the link-tracing approach followed by Mouw et al. (2014) for the transnational networks of Mexican migrants in the US, we intend to interview 600 Romanians in four sites: two Romanian enclaves in the Spanish Mediterranean coast (Castelló & Roquetas de Mar), and their places of origin in Romania (Dâmbovița & Bistrița-Năsăud, respectively). In addition, this methodology is combined with ethnographic methods as observant participation, in-depth interviews, network drawing and group discussions. This mixed methods approach, we argue, facilitates to implement a focused investigation on how (im)mobility and informality become entangled as livelihood strategies.

Panel Mig03
Transnationalism, (im)mobilities and informal practices in Europe, and beyond [SIEF Working Group on Migration and Mobility]
  Session 1 Tuesday 16 April, 2019, -