In December 2009, the European collaborative project SCIP, Causes and Consequences of Early Socio-Cultural Integration Processes among New Immigrants in Europe, was launched. The aim of the project is to study how different national contexts shape the early stages of integration of new immigrants in their host countries. The projects tackles important questions in migration research using a panel survey of 7,000 migrants who recently arrived in their destination countries. Among others, it will be examined why dense ethnic networks and strong ethnic identification appear to form an obstacle to integration for some groups, while others appear to use this as a resource facilitating integration. In order to study the interaction between individual attributes of the immigrants and contextual conditions in the destination countries, the integration trajectories of recent immigrants from Turkey, Pakistan and Morocco will be compared with the experience of the first years of Polish migrants in Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. These migrant groups differ with respect to important characteristics such as cultural-religious background and socio-economic status.
The project is funded within the NORFACE Transnational Research Programme (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe). The research theme was “Migration in Europe - Social, Economic, Cultural and Policy Dynamics”. A total of 2.8 million Euro has been awarded to the project. Twelve of 250 submissions are funded under the NORFACE programme.
The project team consists of 10 researchers from the four countries. Prof. Claudia Diehl (University of Göttingen, Germany) is the principle investigator of the project. She forms with Prof. Cornelia Kristen and Prof. Matthias Koenig (both University of Göttingen) the German team. The Dutch study will be conducted by Prof. Martin Lubbers, Prof. Frank van Tubergen (both Utrecht University) and Dr. Merove Gijsberts (The Netherlands Institute for Social Research). Dr. Lucinda Platt and Dr. Ayse Güveli (University of Essex) coordinate the research in Great Britain and the Irish team consists of Dr. Peter Mühlau (Trinity College Dublin) and Dr. Frances McGinnity (economic and Social Research Institute).
The Netherlands Institute for Social Research: Dr. Mérove Gijsberts
Trinity College Dublin: Dr. Peter Mühlau
ESRI: Frances McGinnity
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