2,000 Families: Identifying the research potential of an origins-of-migration study
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Despite recent advances, critical areas in the analysis of European migrationremain underdeveloped. We have only a limited understanding of theconsequences of migration for migrants and their descendants, relative tostaying behind; and our insights of intergenerational transmission is limited totwo generations of those living in the destination countries. These limitationsstem from a paucity of studies that incorporate comparison with nonmigrants– and return migrants – in countries of origin and which traceprocesses of intergenerational transmission over multiple generations. Thispaper outlines the theoretical and methodological discussions in the field,design and data of the 2,000 Families study. The study comprises almost50,000 members of migrant and non-migrant Turkish families across threefamily generations, living in Turkey and eight European countries. We provideindicative findings from the study, framed within a theoretical perspective of“dissimilation” from origins, and reflect on its potential for future migrationresearch.