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Under the heading 'Norwegian research leadership under FP7: EU-funded project on conditions for immigrants', EUMARGINS is presented in a news article on the website of the Research Council of Norway. Read the whole article in English, or read the Norwegian version entitled 'Spenner nettet over Europa'.
The Research Council of Norway refers a news release from the European Commission about the first projects to be financed under the 'Socio-economic sciences and humanities' and 'Science in society' programmes of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
In a recent publication from the Research Council of Norway, the extent to which Norway is participating, as a coordinator or as a partner, in research projects funded by the Seventh Framework Program of the European Union (FP7) is presented. EUMARGINS is referred to as an example of a FP7-funded project in the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) programme.
On the Ashgate webpage you can now find a presentation of EUMARGINS book 'Inclusion and Exclusion of Young Adult Migrants in Europe - Barriers and Bridges'. In addition to a short introduction to the forthcoming publication, endorsements from John Solomos and Roger Hewitt are included.
The article 'How EU integration bars the persecuted from finding refuge in Europe' was published by the Guardian on Monday 16 August 2010. In the article, Professor Les Back from the London-based EUMARGINS research team argues that asylum seekers' experiences are uncomfortably close to a dark recent past that spawned the EU ideal. Read the whole article.
Recent article portrays EUMARGINS’ research on inclusion and exclusion in Europe.
Aftenposten, one of Norway’s largest newspapers, covered the EUMARGINS-project on April 16th 2010. The heading of the article is “Immigration. Integrated, but excluded”. The article presents some of the findings from EUMARGINS' first book, which will be published by Ashgate in June. This book provides a review of current research, statistics, laws etc in 7 European countries. In the newspaper article, project leader Katrine Fangen also analyses some findings from the project's sample of more than 200 lifestory interviews with young adult immigrants.
The article 'Social Exclusion and Inclusion of Young Immigrants – Presentation of an Analytical Framework' by Katrine Fangen was published in May 2010 in the SAGE-journal YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, no. 2. This article presents many of the analytical ideas the serve as a frame for EUMARGINS. Read the article here.
The article 'Konsten att välja rätt spårvagn En studie av segregation, skolval och unga människors studieplaner' (The art of choosing the right tram – A study of urban segregation, choice of school and young people’s life plans) by Thomas Johansson and Nils Hammarén was published in the journal Sociologisk Forskning 47 (1), 2010. The article is an EUMARGINS publications as well as a result of the research project 'Skola, valfrihet och integration (VR)' (School, freedom of choice and integration').
Sekina Helen Finne has written her master’s thesis as part of the EUMARGINS project. The Norwegian title of the thesis is ‘Indiske etterkommere i eliteutdanninger. En kvalitativ studie av utdanningsvalg blant indiske etterkommere i eliteutdanninger’, and is about Indian descendants living in Norway and their educational choices. The qualitative study is based on ten in-depth interviews with students in elite educations at the University of Oslo. Read the Norwegian summary or read the thesis in Norwegian. An English summary is given in the following.
In the book entitled 'Metodene våre - Eksempler fra samfunnsvitenskapelig forskning' (published by Universitetsforlaget in 2010) EUMARGINS' project leader Katrine Fangen has written a chapter about the methodological framework of EUMARGINS. The chapter presents the methodology and gives practical examples from the research project, and as such sheds light upon important challenges and methodological dilemmas.
The article 'Sosial ekskludering av unge med innvandrerbakgrunn - Den relasjonelle, stedlige og politiske dimensjonen ' was published in the Norwegian youth research journal Tidsskrift for ungdomsforskning. The article is published under the title 'Sosial ekskludering av unge med innvandrerbakgrunn - Den relasjonelle, stedlige og politiske dimensjonen'. The article is available online here: http://www.hioa.no/asset/6707/1/6707_1.pdf
The English abstract is included below. A translated version of the article is also available in the Italian journal Mondi Migranti no. 1, 2012:
EUMARGINS is cooperating with five other EU-funded projects. The scientific coordinators of these projects have met several times to present their results and to discuss common policy agendas. All projects will organise a final conference together, in cooperation with the European Commission DG Research.
Our project is guided by several a priori hypotheses, some of which can be tested by the statistics we are reviewing, others of which can partly be tested by our qualitative data (but not tested in a strong sense of the word, such as is possible when using statistics). Our approach to the qualitative material will be that of analytical induction (Becker 1979), meaning that we will look for patterns in our material, as well as testing these by searching for negative cases. In the following paragraph, we will present some of these a priori hypotheses which are guiding our analysis of the datamaterial:
EUMARGINS seeks to identify and determine principle determinants of social exclusion that affect young immigrants in the seven cities. This will be pursued by exploring a series of specific objectives and sub-objectives. In this section, we specify the research objectives that guide this project.
EUMARGINS investigates experiences of young adult immigrants in seven urban-metropolitan areas in seven different European countries: Norway (Oslo), Sweden (Gothenburg), the United Kingdom (London), Italy (Genoa), France (Metz/Nancy), Spain (Barcelona) and Estonia (Tallinn). Briefly, the research project seeks to find out what it is that hinders inclusion of young adult immigrants in some European countries, and what it is that opens up for it.
The project lasts for 3 years; from October 2008 to October 2011.
The art of comparison always involves establishing shared generalisations about the nature of the social world. These sociological premises provide a logical structure for what then is being compared. In the following, some descriptions and facts are given. These apply to all of the seven EUMARGINS' research sites.
In line with the projects’ methodological framework, an extensive secondary data collection and analysis will be conducted in the first phase of the project. The results of this first stage of the project will be published in a book that discusses the European conditions for inclusion and exclusion of young adult immigrants. Relevant contextual conditions within the seven countries will be identified, including the different political, juridical, historical, economic and social factors relevant for understanding the inclusion and exclusion of young adult immigrants. Collecting and analyzing prior research on migration, integration and youth is equally an important task of this phase, and finally the country specific information collection will set the ground for a cross-cutting analysis among all seven participant countries.
Migration into and within the Europe in the 21st century is best understood not just as a single event in a person’s life. Analysts need a perspective which identifies the complex set of socio-economic processes and phenomena which influence human mobility. The changing significance of national borders within an increasingly globalised world means that migration can no longer be understood merely by the application of analytical terms such as ‘push-pull’ factors. New typologies of migrant types are needed, as are theoretical approaches and methodologies which enable researchers to ‘capture’ the complex social realities of migration and integration.
The researchers of EUMARGINS will collect a great set of information concerning young immigrants' experiences. The qualitative part of the project is a combination of a biographical and an ethnographical research design. Recruitment of informants and data collection will take place from January 2009 to September 2010.
Immigrants and descendants constituted 10, 6 % of Norway’s population in 2009; the share is in the middle of the European range. More than two thirds of the immigrant population is 'non-Western', and it is these groups that receive most attention both from researchers and the general public. EUMARGINS is collecting data about young adults immigrants living in Oslo; the capital with nearly 590 000 inhabitants, and the place in which the majority of Norway’s immigrant population is living. When looking at children and youth, more than one third of the population are non-Western immigrants. EUMARGINS’ focus is however upon young adult immigrants with all kinds of country backgrounds. Fatima, Jengar and Haile are three representatives of the Norwegian context. Follow the links to read their stories.