A3 Focus Groups of Societal Integration: Migration and Ethnic Minorities
Immigrants and their descendants represent a growing share of the population in Europe. Their social integration into increasingly heterogeneous societies is seen as a major societal challenge. There is much evidence that the integration of immigrants and their descendants is lagging behind, with structural disadvantages, social segmentation and cultural differences being the major restraining forces. However, there are also patterns of success among some ethnic groups in some countries. This variation in group-specific and country-specific outcomes needs explanation; yet we still lack understanding of the exact mechanisms behind the differentiated processes of intergenerational integration and their complex causal interplay.
Projects in Research Area A3 study the conditions and mechanisms of minority ethnic groups’ intergenerational integration, focusing on different aspects of integration and on different stages over the life course. Apart from analyses of publicly available large-scale quantitative data, many projects in this area are engaged in collecting and analysing their own data.