The Many Forms of Multiple Migrations: Evidence from a Sequence Analysis in Switzerland, 1998 to 2008

  • Jonathan Zufferey, Ilka Steiner, Didier Ruedin
  • International Migration Review, April 2020, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0197918320914239

We present different migration patterns

Photo by Keagan Henman on Unsplash

Photo by Keagan Henman on Unsplash

What is it about?

When we talk about immigrants, we talk about different people. Some of them move to live in another country once, others move from one place to another again and again. We use register data from Switzerland to trace the migration trajectories of 315,000 immigrants in Switzerland: how often they moved (across countries, but also within the country). Using sequence analysis, we present different types of migration trajectories.

Why is it important?

We have many anecdotal and qualitative accounts of different migration trajectories, but here we provide numbers: how many people follow what kind of trajectory.


Didier Ruedin
Universite de Neuchatel

This article is packed with numbers and insights, and we really struggled to get the right focus. I guess it's still a challenge to pick the one key finding here...

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