Immigration

This research line examines the integration of immigrants and their children in Western countries. Integration involves both immigrants and the native majority population.
Here, the focus is on two dimensions of integration:

  1. ‘Structural integration’, which is studied in terms of ethnic inequalities in the labour market (e.g., unemployment, occupational status) and their underlying causes (e.g., discrimination, social and human capital).
  2. ‘Socio-cultural integration’, which involves studying processes of interethnic mixing, intermarriage, social network formation, but also language acquisition and religion.

This research line has two innovative features. First, the integration of immigrants is compared across multiple immigrant groups and in different host countries. Second, longitudinal studies are used to shed more light on the dynamics of integration.