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Research shows Multiculturalism is working in the UK
Date: 24 August 2009
Watching soaps, reading tabloids and turned off by politics - the children of International Migrants in Britain show a high degree of cultural assimilation compared to their European Neighbours, according to a new study by Lancaster University.
Children of International Migrants in Europe presents the results of an international project that examined the situation of the children of international migrants in Britain, France and Germany.
The findings are based upon a survey of over 2500 young adults. These included Indians and Pakistanis in Britain, Maghrebians [North Africans] and Portuguese in France, and Turks and former-Yugoslavs in Germany.
The research not only provides new evidence but also challenges some of the popular assumptions made about children of international migrants living in Europe today.
A new book based on the research (Children of International Migrants in Europe) reveals:
Professor Penn said: "Perceptions of discrimination were lowest in Britain and highest in Germany, reflecting the failure of the German model of exclusive 'ethnic nationalism'.
"Britain's model of multiculturalism is proving far more effective for the incorporation of ethnic minority groups than French 'assimilationist' or German 'ethnic nationalist' ones."
ROGER PENN is Professor of Economic Sociology and Statistics and Director of the EFFNATIS project at Lancaster University, UK. He is author of Skilled Workers in the Class Structure; Class, Power and Technology; Social Change and Economic Life in Britain.
PAUL LAMBERT is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, UK.
Children of International Migrants in Europe, Comparative Perspectives, Roger Penn and Paul Lambert. To be published in Hardback on August 21st 2009.
This item was reported in: Children & Young People Now, MEN Asian News, Daily Mail, The Sun & The National (Washington DC) on 23/08/2009
Associated staff: Roger Penn
Associated departments and research centres: Sociology
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