2. Integration, Social Cohesion and Transnationalism

The transformation of societies in part as a result of immigration have given integration issues a considerable space in the public debate.   At the same time, empirical research and theories that aim to explain immigrants´ integration processes have evolved tremendously. Today, it is highly accepted that immigrants´ integration processes are a multidimensional (touching on social, economic, political and cultural life domains). More and more researchers apply an interdisciplinary approach (e.g. economics, political science, social-psychology, cultural anthropology) and bring different dimensions (legal, economic, sociocultural, and political and identity) of the phenomenon together in their research. Quantitative and qualitative comparative international research in the field has allowed for a better understanding of the settlement processes of immigrants over time (cohort and cross-generation studies) at different levels (e.g. city, region, country). Moreover, with the connection of transnational migration theory to integration debates, integration processes are not anymore limited to the national boundaries of the destination country. Within the research theme, we emphasize the fact that migrants’ experiences in the destination country are intertwined with their relationships with friends and family in their origin country and other localities, their wishes for their homeland and their local culture, traditions and values. Consequently, this research theme seeks to bring integration and social cohesion research and policy making a step further by applying a holistic approach that embraces the new realities and dynamics of immigrant lives that potentially take place within multi-sited multi-layered transnational social fields that simultaneously encompass migrants and non-migrants, both sending and receiving communities as well as other connected communities or organisations.

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