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Elite or middling? International students and migrant diversification

Luthra, Renee and Platt, Lucinda ORCID: 0000-0002-8251-6400 (2016) Elite or middling? International students and migrant diversification. Ethnicities, 16 (2). pp. 316-344. ISSN 1468-7968

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1468796815616155


Student migrants from former sending regions now form a substantial share of non-EU migration flows to Europe. These flows represent the convergence of extensive internationalisation of higher education with increasing restrictions on family and labour migration. This paper provides the first examination of student migrants’ early socio-cultural and structural integration by following recently arrived Pakistani students in London over an 18 month period. We use latent class analysis to identify both elite and two ‘middling’ types – middle class and network-driven – within our student sample. We then ask whether these types experience different early sociocultural and structural integration trajectories in the ways that the elite and middling transnational literatures would suggest. We find differences in structural, but less in socio-cultural outcomes. We conclude that to understand the implications of expanding third country student migration across the EU, it is important to recognize both the distinctiveness of this flow and its heterogeneity.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2015 09:39
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2024 18:33
Projects: RES-518-28-001
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, New Opportunities for Research Funding Co-operation Agency in Europe

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