Transnational Families Research: the Romanian case

Open lecture by Viorela Ducu, Associate Researcher at the Centre of Population Studies, Babes-Bolyai, Romania.
Thursday, 4.October, 2018; 12:00-13:00; University of Iceland, Oddi-206

In the first part of the presentation, I will make a quick review of the general tendencies in the study of TFs, and will highlight the state of Romanian transnational family research. In the second part, I will dwell on the comparison between living in a transnational family with HS or LS family members. Studies on transnational families have been largely focused on “low-skilled” migrants and less interested in transnational relationships in families with “high-skilled” migrants members. Lately, a stronger demand for comparative studies in this area has emerged. In this lecture I will compare the way in which the two categories of families are transnationally connected with the members left at home in Romania.The talk is based on couple interviews conducted in two countries: UK (“low-skilled” migrant respondents) and Belgium (“high-skilled” migrant respondents). The “high-skilled” migrants have more resources to support the transnational relationship with extended family members as compared to “low-skilled” migrants.