We estimate different kinds of contemporary migration trajectories, highlighting multiple or repeated migrations. Using sequence analysis on linked longitudinal register data, we identify different migration trajectories for three cohorts (1998, 2003, and 2008) of 315,000 immigrants in Switzerland. We demonstrate high heterogeneity in migration practices, showing that direct and definitive settlement in the destination country remains a common trajectory and that highly mobile immigrants are less common.
Fun fact: mobility did not increase between the 1998 and 2008 cohort — the guest-worker regime in place in the past led to more movement than the free movement purportedly allowing ‘unlimited’ mobility.
we may want to regard “migration” and “mobility” as endpoints of a continuum describing many different migration trajectories, from direct settlement to high mobility.
Zufferey, J., Steiner, I. and Ruedin, D. 2020. ‘The many forms of multiple migrations: Evidence from a sequence analysis in Switzerland, 1998 to 2008’. International Migration Review. Forthcoming. doi:10.1177/0197918320914239