French connections: the networking strategies of French highly skilled migrants in London

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Ryan, L. and Mulholland, J. 2014. French connections: the networking strategies of French highly skilled migrants in London. Global Networks. 14 (2), pp. 148-166. https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12038
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TitleFrench connections: the networking strategies of French highly skilled migrants in London
AuthorsRyan, L. and Mulholland, J.
Abstract

Although the migration studies literature often takes social networks for granted, these social ties are not spontaneous but require effort and nurturing. There has been insufficient research on the actual process of networking, especially among highly skilled migrants. Our understanding of why and how migrants form networks with particular characteristics is still poor. In this article, we argue that it is necessary to consider both the structure and content of networks – the nature of the relationships as well as the flow of resources within various social ties. Drawing on qualitative data from a study of highly skilled French migrants in London's business and financial sector, we use a microanalysis of network-making processes. In the context of London as a dynamic and highly competitive financial centre, we examine the importance of opportunities, skills and shared interests in building new social relationships from scratch. In addition, we also assess how mobility and proximity, virtual communication and co-presence impact on geographically dispersed networks and why some long distance relationships endure while others fade over time. By bringing together classic literature on professional networking and wider discussions on how relationships are managed across time and space, our work contributes to a fuller understanding of why and how highly skilled migrants form networks with particular characteristics.

Research GroupSocial Policy Research Centre (SPRC)
PublisherWileyBlackwell
JournalGlobal Networks
ISSN1470-2266
Publication dates
Online18 Oct 2013
Print06 Mar 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited18 Oct 2013
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: RYAN, L. and MULHOLLAND, J. (2014), French connections: the networking strategies of French highly skilled migrants in London. Global Networks, 14: 148-166. doi:10.1111/glob.12038, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12038. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions

Additional information

Paper presented to the Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship Seminar Series, Bristol University, 25 April 2013.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12038
LanguageEnglish
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