This book is a comparative analysis of children of international migrants in Britain, France and Germany, using survey data from the EFFNATIS project. By analysing data on linguistic, structural, political, religious and socio-cultural behaviour, it offers exciting new evidence on sociological models of immigrant incorporation.
What is happening to young adults in contemporary Europe? How central is ethnic background to their prospects and lives? This book provides a comparative analysis of the situation of over 2500 children of international migrants in Europe. Focussing on Britain, France and Germany, it examines nine ethnic/nationality groups including Pakistanis and Indians in Britain, Magrebians in France and Turks in Germany. The book includes new empirical material on language use, educational experiences, labour market entry, political incorporation and cultural behaviour of young adults in these three countries based upon a unique comparative international survey. Roger Penn and Paul Lambert offer an antidote to the hysteria surrounding international migrants that has become increasingly evident in the media since 2001. Their findings indicate that there is a widespread process of assimilation underway in each of the three countries, alongside the maintenance of cultural and religious identities associated with parents' country of birth.
Introduction The EFFNATIS Project Sociological Models of Immigrant Incorporation International Migration to Britain, France and Germany Theoretical Paradigms for the Sociological Analysis of Children of International Migrants Linguistic Incorporation: Patterns of Language Use Structural Incorporation: Education, Training and the Labour Market Political and Religious Incorporation Cultural Incorporation: Lifestyle, Media and Identity Social Incorporation: Friendship and Marriage Socio-Cultural Exceptionalism: Arranged Marriages in Western Europe Conclusions