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Friedrich Heckmann (2001)

Integration Research from a European Perspective*

In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, Vol. 26, 3-4/2001, p. 341-356, Opladen: Verlag Leske + Budrich, ISSN: 0340-2398

The article deals with integration research from a European perspective. Here, the author contributes his experience from an ongoing EU-sponsored research project which includes empirical studies of second generation migrants' integration in France, Germany and Great Britain and policy studies in these and five other European countries (EFFNATIS).

After defining the term "integration", the problems in researching and measuring (structural/cultural/social/identificational) integration are demonstrated. Selected integration theories (stage model / theories starting from characteristics of the receiving society and the migrant group / Esser's integrating rational choice approach) and possible outcomes of forms of ethnic incorporation are presented. The article ends with recommendations for research and official statistics.

* Original title: Integrationsforschung aus europäischer Perspektive (full text in German only)

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