Journal of Migration History vol:2 issue:1 pages:177-207
Partner choice and marriage are used as indicators of paths of acculturation and social inclusion among migrants who settled as singles in Antwerp. Whereas previously scholars studied either the timing and intensity of marriage among migrants or the degree to which migrants married natives, we utilise a model which combines both approaches, linking four different meeting and mating outcomes to four acculturation trajectories. The event history analyses show, in line with studies from the Chicago school of Sociology, that migrants were marginalised at a large scale. However, this was not a consequence of economic hardship, limited skills or the rural background of
the migrant, but related to ethnic and cultural differences. Stayers and leavers had
equal risks of facing marginalisation. Being born in the direct hinterland and moving early to the city increased the likelihood of experiencing assimilation.