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Potential of qualitative network analysis in migration studies- Reflections based on an empirical analysis of young researchers’ mobility aspirations

Elisabeth Scheibelhofer


Based on the example of an empirical research study, the paper examines the strengths and limitations of a qualitative network approach to migration and mobility. The method of graphic drawings produced by the respondents within an interview setting was applied. With this method, we argue to be able to analyse migrants’ specific social embeddedness and its influence on future mobility aspirations. Likewise, connections between the migratory biography and the individuals’ various social relations are investigated. 


Qualitative network approach; graphic drawings; migration and mobility of highly skilled persons

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