This research focus area examines the integration of immigrants and their children in Western countries. Integration involves ethnic minorities as well as the ethnic majority population.
The focus is on two dimensions of integration:
- ‘Structural integration’, studied in terms of ethnic inequality in the labour market and the underlying causes (such as discrimination and social and human capital).
- ‘Social-cultural integration’, which concerns the study of inter-ethnic attitudes, ethnic polarisation, radicalisation, anti-immigration voting behaviour, ethnic segregation of networks and language acquisition and religion.
The research focus area has two innovative features: First, integration is compared amongst multiple ethnic minorities and in numerous host countries. Second, longitudinal research methods are used to map integration dynamics.