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Transnational families, research and scholarship

Migration A–Z


  1. Valentina Mazzucato

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm541

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Mazzucato, V. 2013. Transnational families, research and scholarship. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


Contemporary transnational family arrangements are present the world over, with one or more family members located in different countries. In some cases, such arrangements are the result of stringent migration policies in many migrant-receiving countries in the global North, which make it difficult for families to migrate together. In others, they are the preferred choice of family members, especially in societies where norms guiding family structures allow different members from the extended family to fulfill varied functions, such as income earning, childcare and elderly care, as is common practice in many parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, for example. In other cases, it is the unwanted result of families scattering to flee violent conflict or persecution.


  • transnationalism;
  • family;
  • globalization;
  • civil rights;
  • citizenship;
  • social change