The globalisation of marriage fields: the Swedish case

Thomas Niedomysl, John Osth, Maarten Van Ham

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    Marriage fields - the geographical areas where people meet to partner traditionally tend to be relatively small and local. Increasing international travel and the use of the internet have broadened the geographical opportunity structure of potential partners. This increases the chances of meeting a partner from abroad, possibly resulting in a rise in international marriage migration. This paper uses unique longitudinal population data for the whole of Sweden to explore the globalisation of Swedish marriage fields. The results show an increase of 'marriage migrants' in Sweden between 1990 and 2004, although absolute numbers remain relatively low. The paper yields two new insights not previously recorded in the literature. First, we found a substantial proportion of all marriage migrants in Sweden to be males, while most existing literature on marriage migration focuses almost exclusively on females. Second, the pattern of geographical origins of marriage migrants is highly gendered, with male and female marriage migrants in Sweden originating from different regions in the world. This suggests that different mechanisms underlie male and female marriage migration.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1119-1138
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
    Issue number7
    Early online date7 Jul 2010
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


    • Marriage
    • Migration
    • Globalisation
    • Sweden


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