European bi-national love relationships, European identification and transnational solidarity

Article title: Falling in love with(in) Europe: European bi-national love relationships, European identification and transnational solidarity

From European Union Politics

This paper  investigates whether individuals in European bi-national love relationships identify more as Europeans and show more intended European transnational solidarity compared to individuals in uni-national unions. The findings showed that forming part of a bi-national relationship is indeed strongly associated with a stronger sense of feeling European. The analyses are based on the EUMARR survey, investigating bi-national marriages in a unified Europe, comparing European bi-national and uni-national couples. Findings indicate that bi-national couples are more likely to identify as European compared to uni-national couples, but this is not reflected in more solidarity to European countries in times of crisis.

Abstract

Love is often a key factor in migration decisions. Partner relationships and union formation have also been identified as forming an intrinsic part of intra-European migration. Nevertheless, empirical research into intra-European love migration remains rather scarce. In this paper, we focus on the often neglected but substantial intra-European moves. We analyse the relationship between bi-national couple formation, identification as a European and European transnational solidarity. The analyses are based on the EUMARR survey, investigating bi-national marriages in a unified Europe, comparing European bi-national and uni-national couples. In this paper, we focus on the Netherlands (n = 898) and compare Dutch–Dutch with Dutch–EU couples. Our findings indicate that bi-national couples are more likely to identify as European compared to uni-national couples, but this is not reflected in more solidarity to European countries in times of crisis. Implications of these findings are discussed in light of the European integration process.

 

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Christof Van Mol, Helga AG de Valk, and Leo van Wissen
Falling in love with(in) Europe: European bi-national love relationships, European identification and transnational solidarity European Union Politics 1465116515588621, first published on June 22, 2015 doi:10.1177/1465116515588621

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
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