The Influence of Ethnic-Specific Networks on Turkish Belgian Women’s Educational and Occupational Mobility

by Sinem Yılmaz, Bart Van de Putte and Peter A. J. Stevens (Ghent University)

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This study explores how different forms of ethnic-specific networks and ties influence realized educational mobility – and subsequently occupational mobility– among a group of highly educated Turkish Belgian women. Analysis of interview data with thirty highly-educated Turkish Belgian women focuses on their experiences of how various forms of ethnic-specific networks developed opportunities and/or barriers for educational and occupational success, and the importance of structural features in which these networks are embedded. The findings suggest that the importance and influence of co-ethnic networks and ties can change over time and in relationship to different (inter-related) forms of social mobility.

Keywords: Turkish migrants, ethnic-specific networks, educational mobility, occupational mobility, Turkish Belgian women

Suggested bibliographic reference for this article: Yılmaz, S., Van de Putte, B., &  Stevens, P. A. J. (2018). The Influence of Ethnic-Specific Networks on Turkish Belgian Women’s Educational and Occupational Mobility. New Diversities, 20(1), 1-15. Retrieved January 19, 2019, from http://newdiversities.mmg.mpg.de/?page_id=3398

New Diversities • Article 20, No. 1, 2018
ISSN-Print 2199-8108
ISSN-Internet 2199-8116