Marriages between secondgeneration immigrants and spouses from their parents’ country of origin have attracted significant political and academic interest, and relevant findings from this literature is presented in the report.
Existing research also shows that family migration is commonly portrayed as a barrier to integration, and concerns over integration are used strategically to justify increasingly strict family immigration regulations, yet, there is little empirical support for such claims. Restrictive measures on family migration, such as income requirements, pre-entry language and integration tests, and age limits, reduce the number of applications submitted and residence permits granted for familymigrants. Consequently, restrictive policies unavoidably lead to family separation, which according to existing research can have a serious negative impact on families’ and children’s mental health, well-being and integration. The report presents a wide range of national and comparative studies from Norway and other OECD-countries. Finally, we discuss key findings and directions for future research on family migration and integration.