Residential mobility and social capital

Residential mobility and social capital

Sören Petermann

completed

The project investigates the consequences of residential mobility on the social capital of individuals. Migration is a severe life event that causes a serious break in the social embeddedness of the migrated individual. One might therefore ask how migrated individuals are socially integrated at their new locations. A main component of social integration is the individual access to social resources. One should expect differences in personal stocks of social capital comparing migrated and native people, because establishing social capital is related to the spatial locations of the network members, i.e. investments and de-investments at the new resp. old location. Compared to the natives, some hypotheses about the development over time and the approximation of social capital between both groups are deduced from this process. The hypotheses are tested by survey data from a German city. First results show relevant differences between migrated and native people that decrease over time.