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- International conference on Integration and social mobility among children of immigrants
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
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.
To properly investigate the adaptation of children of immigrants, researchers need to disentangle the complexities of risks and resources that these young people face – within educational systems, labour markets, families, transnational ethnic communities, peer-groups, and the attitudes of wider society.
One of the most ambitious and promising research programs designed to address these issues is The Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS). First introduced and developed by Alejandro Portes and Rubén G. Rumbaut, the original CILS-study followed a large sample of youths in Florida and California from 1992 to 2003. This ground-breaking and influential study has informed a generation of American scholarship. Today, similar studies are being applied in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Spain, allowing researchers to combine a longitudinal design with cross-country comparisons.
In 2015, Fafo will launch the first wave of the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study in Norway. To kick off the Norwegian study, we have invited leading international scholars from across Europe and the US to discuss the integration of immigrants and their children in a comparative perspective, and shed light on methodological, theoretical and empirical challenges in the field.
The conference was funded by the Research Council of Norway.
|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|
|11.20||Growing up in diverse Europe. Studying the social, cultural, and structural integration of minority youth with CILS4EU||Frank Kalter, University of Mannheim|
|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|
|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|
|Chair: Jon Rogstad, Fafo|