The growth of mixed marriages in Italy: an indicator of increased immigrant integration and social openness?

Journal title MONDI MIGRANTI
Author/s Davide Azzolini, Raffaele Guetto
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/2 Language Italian
Pages 23 P. 33-55 File size 267 KB
DOI 10.3280/MM2017-002003
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The authors examine the phenomenon of mixed marriages involving Italian men and foreign women, in particular from Eastern Europe. Consistent with the status exchange theory, these unions systematically deviate from the assortative mating standards, as women are more educated and younger than their Italian partners. The authors highlight the existence of a multiplicity of factors at the base of such unions. The consideration of the perspective of the foreign partner highlights the salience of socio-economic factors and the legal conditions of migrants in Italy. The analysis of the Italian partner’s perspective points to the increased "crowding out" of low-educated men on the marriage market. Also a cultural explanation applies, as foreign women are more compliant with traditional gender roles. Overall, the results reject a simplistic reading of the growth of mixed marriages as an indicator of increased integration of immigrants and social openness.

Keywords: Mixed marriages, integration, assimilation theory, status exchange theory, Italy, Eastern Europe.

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Davide Azzolini, Raffaele Guetto, La crescita delle unioni miste in Italia: un indicatore di accresciuta integrazione degli immigrati e maggiore apertura della società? in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 2/2017, pp 33-55, DOI: 10.3280/MM2017-002003