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Social Networks and the Asylum Cycle: The Case of Iranians in the Netherlands

Khalid Koser
The International Migration Review
Vol. 31, No. 3 (Autumn, 1997), pp. 591-611
DOI: 10.2307/2547287
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2547287
Page Count: 21
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Social Networks and the Asylum Cycle: The Case of Iranians in the Netherlands
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Abstract

This paper examines the traditional distinction between the migration of refugees and labor migrants in the context of Iranian asylum seekers in the Netherlands. The empirical strategy adopted is to apply a framework designed specifically to explain labor migration to the case of asylum migration, and the social networks approach is identified as the most appropriate. This paper examines the role of social networks through the asylum cycle, focusing on the decision to migrate, the choice of destination, and adaptation in the host society. The key conclusion is that the validity of the distinction between refugee and labor migration varies through the asylum cycle even for the same individual.

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