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Population Europe Inter-Faces: Amparo Gonzalez-Ferrer

An interview with Amparo Gonzalez-Ferrer (Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)) on temporary and permanent migration

1. The media sometimes says that migrants from outside Europe marry a European national in order to obtain citizenship. But all the bi-national couples I know married for love – so what is the truth about sham marriages?

2. I often hear that international migrants, once they have citizenship rights, bring their whole extended family into the country – is that really common?

3. Is it easier for migrants to integrate into their new country if they are single, or when they come with a family?

4. Often immigrants don’t seem to be very interested in politics, even when they have the right to vote. How could that be changed?

The Population Europe Inter-Face Series has been published with financial support from the Progress programme of the European Union in the framework of the project ”Supporting a Partnership for Enhancing Europe’s Capacity to Tackle Demographic and Societal Change”.