Pathways to Integration

Three internationally leading researchers are visiting the ISF to discuss the integration of descendants of immigrants in Europe and the US.

Rewatch the seminar live stream here.

How do descendants of immigrants fare in Europe and the US? Are they experiencing socioeconomic mobility through education and work, or are they reproducing the often marginalized positions of their parents? Are they adapting to the norms and values of mainstream society, or maintaining the cultural practices of their parents’ country of origin – for instance when it comes to gender norms and gender equality? And what role does the institutions and systems of their country of birth play in their integration process?

In the research project Pathways to Integration, an interdisciplinary group of sociologists, economists and anthropologists study these questions by analyzing the educational achievements and labor market attachment of the children of the immigrant workers of the 1970s, as well as their support of gender equality norms and their experiences with discrimination.

Now, the researchers have invited a group of internationally leading scholars within the field to present new research and discuss important questions regarding the integration of descendants of immigrants, particularly with regard to work and family life.

We ask:  

  • What does the rise of mixed marriages mean for the ethnic and racial realignment in North American immigration societies?
  • How do transnational marriages affect integration among of descendants of immigrants?
  • In what ways do the educational system and other characteristics of the institutional context influence the labor market attachment of descendants of immigrants in Europe?

You get to hear:

  • Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Katharine Charsley, Reader in Sociology at University of Bristol
  • Maurice Crul, Professor at the Free University in Amsterdam and the Erasmus University in Rotterdam


About the project:

Pathways to Integration: The Second Generation in Education and Work in Norway is a research project at the Institute for Social Research, headed by Arnfinn H. Midtbøen. The project is financed by the Norwegian Research Council. Richard Alba, Katharine Charsley are Maurice Crul are members of the project’s reference group.


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Published Oct. 23, 2018 12:52 PM - Last modified Feb. 11, 2019 11:24 AM