A lost generation? Racialization and stalled social mobility in a group of Roma migrants in the UK

Giuseppe Beluschi-Fabeni, Daniele Viktor Leggio, Yaron Matras

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Abstract

The paper applies the notion of segmented assimilation to an inter-generational divide within a community of Roma migrants from Romania who settled in Manchester, UK. Drawing on long-term observations, we show how a successful trajectory of upward social mobility comes to a stall as the interplay between Roma-specific demographics (large families and traditional kin networks) and racialized policies sets a ‘mobility trap’, creating a ‘lost generation’ of young people who are unable to progress beyond the status of low-wage, vulnerable employee.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-200
Number of pages21
JournalMigration Studies
Volume7
Issue number2
Early online date26 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • Roma
  • segmented assimilation
  • mobility trap
  • lost generation
  • social mobility

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