Vol. 2 No. 3 (2012)
Insiders e Outsiders. Società locali e processi migratori

Immigrant Career Paths and Social Structure: The Case of Spain

Published 2016-11-23


  • Immigrants,
  • Work career,
  • Integration,
  • Job security,
  • Wage differentials

How to Cite

Miguélez, F., Alós, R., López, P., Martin, A., Molina, O., & Moreno, S. (2016). Immigrant Career Paths and Social Structure: The Case of Spain. Cambio. Rivista Sulle Trasformazioni Sociali, 2(3), 63–77. https://doi.org/10.13128/cambio-19451


This article examines the possibilities for immigrants in Spain to converge with natives around certain key aspects of work: such as stability, salaries, career advancement. The concept of the work schedule becomes crucial to seeing the extent to which immigrants have made progress or not in the process of integration and mobility from their entry into the labor market until the time the study was completed, 2007. Possible answers to this question are constructed by differentiating various groups of immigrants by country of origin, that is according to structural or individual features, making it possible to understand why some tend to converge and others do not. The itinerary gives us a dynamic picture of the phenomena, and suggests the diversification of an artificial homogeneity of immigrant groups (also, of course, of the indigenous groups) to break down widespread stereotypes.


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