A lost generation? Racialization and stalled social mobility in a group of Roma migrants in the UK

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The paper applies the notion of segmented assimilation to an inter-generational divide within a community of Roma migrants from Romania who settled in Manchester, UK. Drawing on long-term observations, we show how a successful trajectory of upward social mobility comes to a stall as the interplay between Roma-specific demographics (large families and traditional kin networks) and racialized policies sets a ‘mobility trap’, creating a ‘lost generation’ of young people who are unable to progress beyond the status of low-wage, vulnerable employee.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalMigration Studies
Early online date26 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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