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International conference on Integration and social mobility among children of immigrants
International conference
Monday 13 april kl. 09:30–16:00
Fafo's conference center, Borggata 2B, Oslo

Practical information

Breakfast (sandwiches, fruit and coffee/tea) is served from 08:15. The seminar lasts 08:30-09:45. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Limited seating.

Fafo is situated in Borggata 2B by the Police House and behind Grønland church. 10 minutes from Oslo Central Station, 5 minutes from Grønland or Tøyen subway stations, Bus no. 37 stops outside. Please note that Borggata 2b is reached by car via Grønlandsleiret. Google kart

På programmet




Research Director
Research Director, Professor

The conferene was broadcasted live on Fafo-tv


All over Western Europe, new generations of youth with diverse ethnic backgrounds are coming of age in a time of economic crisis and increasing ethno-religious and political tension.

Will these young people be able to overcome the social, ethnic and class barriers that separate so many of their immigrant parents from the native majority populations?

Today, the answer to this question seems increasingly vital for the long term social cohesion and sustainability of western multicultural societies. However, patterns of integration among descendants of immigrants appear to vary considerably both within and between different countries and different immigrant groups.


The conference was funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Read more about the Norwegian study




Time Title Presenter
09.30 Registration and coffee  
10.00 Welcome Jon Horgen Friberg, Fafo
10.15 The Longitudinal Study of the Second Generation: the United States and Spain Compared Alejandro Portes, Princeton University
11.05 Coffee break  
11.20 Growing up in diverse Europe. Studying the social, cultural, and structural integration of minority youth with CILS4EU Frank Kalter,  University of Mannheim
12.10 Lunch  
13.10 Unequal Attainments – Ethnic educational inequalities in ten Western countries Anthony Heath, University of Oxford
14.00 Children of immigrants in Norway - Education, employment, discrimination Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund, University of Oslo

Coffee break 

14.50 Immigrants, their children and the Norwegian social model  Anne Britt Djuve, Fafo
15.20 Comparative perspectives on the integration of children of immigrants  Panel discussion
16.00 The end  
Chair: Jon Rogstad, Fafo  



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