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Achieving better structural integration? Evidence from the career pathways of second-generation Chinese immigrants in France

Liu Ruoxi

Abstract

Sociological discussions regarding the structural integration of immigrant descendants has gained increasing academic attention in recent years. Migrants around the world are experiencing inter-generational development in the societies to which they migrated, and this pattern is also evident among overseas Chinese. This research explores the structural integration of children of Chinese immigrants in France by examining their career development paths. The article begins with an analysis of the influence that various socialization factors have on the career development of second-generation Chinese immigrants. While the family serves as the most fundamental socialization agent in early individual development and primary education, the education system then begins to be a determining factor in individual development. During adulthood, the broader social sphere has a stronger impact than the education system and family. Delving into the characteristics of the career development of second-generation Chinese immigrants in France, the differences between the first generation and the second generation become apparent, with Chinese migrant youth more professionally adept in the French job market and enjoying higher mobility between France and China as middle men/women. This has resulted in multiple modes of structural integration that have been better than those of the previous generation.

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