"Scholars of immigration have been waiting for years for a rigorous, internationally comparative study that would provide the basis for systematic thinking about the impacts of local and national contexts on integration processes, and with The European Second Generation Compared, we finally have it. The field will never be the same. This book is essential reading for anyone who claims to be well informed about how the children of immigrants are faring." – Richard Alba, Co-Author of Remaking the American Mainstream |"This book is both theoretically and empirically important, as no other work has been able to compare these second-generation groups along key indices of integration in so many European countries. It will complement the debates concerning the second generation, which have been dominated by American analysts studying immigration to the US."
Integration of newcomers is a foremost challenge for contemporary Europe. The ‘second generation’ – children born of immigrant parentage – is crucial in this process, for they constitute a growing and increasingly vocal segment of the metropolitan youth. This book offers an unprecedented look at the real-life place and position of the European second generation in education, labour, social relations, religion and identity formation. Using data collected by the TIES survey in fifteen cities across eight European countries, the authors paint a vivid picture of how the children of immigrants from Turkey, Morocco and former Yugoslavia are progressing. Their findings and cross-national comparisons are demographically compelling and at times revelational.
Maurice Crul is is the founder and general coordinator of the international project 'The Integration of the European Second Generation' (TIES).
Jens Schneider is senior researcher at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies at the University of Osnabrück.
Frans Lelie is TIES project manager.