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.
Registration and coffee
|10.00||Welcome||Jon Horgen Friberg, Fafo|
|10.15||Alejandro Portes, Princeton University|
|11.20||Frank Kalter, University of Mannheim|
|13.10||Anthony Heath, University of Oxford|
|14.00||Children of immigrants in Norway - Education, employment, discrimination||Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund, University of Oslo|
|14.50||Anne Britt Djuve, Fafo|
Comparative perspectives on the integration of children of immigrants
|Chair: Jon Rogstad, Fafo|