Integration and social mobility among children of immigrants
International conference Fafo's conference center, Borggata 2B, Oslo Monday 13 april kl. 09:30–16:00 mandag, 13 april 2015

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

Registration and coffee 

10.00 Welcome Jon Horgen Friberg, Fafo

The Longitudinal Study of the Second Generation: the United States and Spain Compared 

Alejandro Portes, Princeton University
11.05 Coffee break  

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  

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


Immigrants, their children and the Norwegian social model  

Anne Britt Djuve, Fafo

Comparative perspectives on the integration of children of immigrants  

Panel discussion
16.00 The end  
Chair: Jon Rogstad, Fafo  





Alejandro Portes Frank Kalter Anthony Heath Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund Jon Horgen Friberg