05 Oct 2017

The Social Integration of Immigrants and the Role of Policy

A Literature Review

Nadzeya Laurentsyeva / Alessandra Venturini


Nadzeya Laurentsyeva and Alessandra Venturini have contributed a policy analysis to the Forum section of the September/October issue of Intereconomics, which is devoted to the Integration of Immigrants in European Labour Markets. The article can be downloaded here, along with other contributions on this question.

Culture erosion, threats to national identity and notions of “us vs. them” often fi gure directly or indirectly in the discourse of opponents to immigration. The extent of these non-economic concerns largely depends on how well immigrants can integrate socially, where social integration can be understood from two perspectives. For immigrants, it means developing a sense of belonging to the host society.