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The University of Bergen, through its Department of Sociology and IMER/UiB, organized a joint conference and PhD course around the theme of 'First Generation Nationals' on September 27-30, 2010. The event was an attempt to elucidate several issues of major importance with respect to understanding the diversity of our societies. During the session 'The structural trajectories of second generation immigrants', EUMARGINS' Scientific Coordinator Katrine Fangen presented the paper 'Opportunities and barriers in education for young adult descendants in seven countries: Findings from a European qualitative cross-national study'. See the whole program.
The conference 'Researching Migration in Europe - Empirical research, theoretical and methodological challenges' took place in Vienna on September 19-22, 2010. During the conference, EUMARGINS' Scientific Coordinator Katrine Fangen chaired and gave introductory remarks to the discussion of session 5: 'Attitudes towards immigrants'.
The Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi) organised on September 8th 2010 a seminar about the report from the Open Society Institute entitled 'At Home in Europe Project: Muslims in Europe—A Report on 11 EU Cities'. Main findings and reflections on methodology were presented by researchers from the Open Society Institute. The report is based upon in-depth interviews with Muslims living in 11 cities in Europe. EUMARGINS' Scientific Coordinator Katrine Fangen was present in the seminar as lead critic/commentator of the report. She also talked about and drew parallels to the findings of the EUMARGINS research project.
Adapting to climate change is a critical problem facing humanity. This involves reconsidering our lifestyles, and is linked to our actions as individuals, societies and governments. The book Adapting to Climate Change: Thresholds, Values, Governance presents the latest science and social science research on whether the world can adapt to climate change. Written by experts, both academics and practitioners, the books examines the risks to ecosystems, demonstrating how values, culture and the constraining forces of governance act as barriers to action.
The EUMARGINS project, led by Katrine Fangen has just had its first book published by Ashgate. 'Inclusion and Exclusion of Young Adult Migrants in Europe - Barriers and Bridges' explores the inclusion and exclusion of young adult immigrants across a range national contexts, including the Nordic welfare states, old colonial countries, Southern European nations and the Eastern European region. Scrutinising legal, policy and historical sources, as well as participation in labour market and education systems, this volume engages with multiple social arenas and spheres, to integrate research and provide a cohesive investigation of the dynamics of each national setting.
More and more money can be accessed through the EU’s framework programme. The budget of the Seventh Framework Programme (2007–2013) consists of 425 billion kroner. In order to receive such funding, the research must be exceptional. To receive EU-funding is, therefore, a stamp of quality for the project. “The University of Oslo will strengthen the support network surrounding those who wish to apply for EU-funding”, says University Director Gunn-Elin Aa. Bjørneboe.
Coordinator Katrine Fangen presented EUMARGINS at the Research Council of Norway's IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations) seminar.
On 18th of May, project coordinator Katrine Fangen gave a lecture at IMDI's breakfast seminar. IMDI is the Norwegian Directorate of Integration and Diversity.
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.
EUMARGINS research team members recently met for a 2-days project meeting (July 15-16, 2010) in Gothenburg, Sweden. All the research sites were represented, thus participants from Estonia, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, the UK and Sweden contributed in the discussions. The main topic of the meeting was analyses of the data collected, which will result into the second book of the project. The meeting took place at the Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg, and most of the participants were accommodated at the Villa Fridolin in the city centre. The XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology was taking place in Gothenburg at the same time, thus many of the EUMARGINS researchers could also partake in this event. In addition, three EUMARGINS papers were presented during the Congress.
We are happy to announce that the Ashgate Publishing Group has accepted to publish a book based upon the national context reviews and the transnational review resulting from the first phase of the EUMARGINS project. The forthcoming book will focus on barriers and bridges that young adults with immigrant background are facing in Europe today, and discuss their conditions for inclusion and exclusion.
The UP2YOUTH project was financed by the EU’s 6th framework program. At the final conference of this project, both main findings of UP2YOUTH were presented, but also findings from other EU-funded projects which focus on young people and exclusion.
Representatives from all seven research institutions recently met in Nancy, France. During the 2-days meeting from April 28 to 29, the project partners discussed methodological aspects, the finalization of the national context reports, the transnational analysis and the first policy brief. In addition general technical issues related to the workings of the project group were discussed, as well as the necessity to start thinking about EUMARGINS’ publications. The EUMARGINS Project Committee met on the second day, and on April 30 a symposium on young migrants' insertion into the labour market was organized by the French team. In the latter, researchers and stakeholders from the sectors of education, health and labor were present.
In the aftermath of the 2-days EUMARGINS Project Meeting in Nancy (France), the symposium: Youths with ‘immigrant’ background and professional insertion will take place on April 30th, 2009.
On September 10 and 11, representatives for all the seven national teams of EUMARGINS met in London for a 2-days project meeting. The meeting was hosted by Professor Les Back and Dr. Shamser Sinha at Goldsmiths College in New Cross (South East London). In this meeting, in addition to the indoor sessions dealing with important methodological and analytical issues relevant for the forthcoming months, the researchers had a practical session in the streets of London, with aims of getting better at how a camera might visualize manifestations of inclusion and exclusion of young adult immigrants.
From August 2009 there is need for research assistance with EUMARGINS at the University of Oslo. Students with a Bachelor degree (minimum) in Social Sciences, basic experiences with qualitative methods and who have interest in research within the field of migration are potential candidates. Verbal Norwegian skills and good proficiency in written English are required. Persons with ethnic minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
There is need for assistance with field work (qualitative interviews, observations, photography), transcribing interviews and editing research publications (language, layout), amongst others. Workload will vary in time.
For further questions please contact Katrine Fangen at (47) 22 85 52 44 or Kirsten Fossan at (47) 22 85 52 13.
If you are interested, please send a brief application with your CV attached to email@example.com.
We accept applications consecutively until August 1st 2009.
Underdevelopment and global inequality are two interlinked prompts for migration. They help condition and produce London’s multiculture.
Born in Kinshasa, Congo, Joseph migrated to London as a refugee at the age of eight. He is now 18 years old and has UK citizen status. Shamser Sinha and Les Back from the London-based research team have met Joseph numerous times, and he has told them about growing up as a young migrant in London.
On May 22-23, 2009, the final dissemination conference of the European Collaborative Research Project (FP6) TRESEGY will take place in Lleida in Barcelona. The full title of the project is "Toward a social construction of an European youth: the experience of inclusion and exclusion in the public sphere among second generation migrated teenagers". It is a project that has many parallells to EUMARGINS, both in terms of subject, methodology and localities. EUMARGINS' participants from France, Italy and Spain have been involved with TRESEGY and will participate in the conference. Findings from the project will be presented and discussed. EUMARGINS' Project Coordinator Katrine Fangen will also take part as keynote speaker.
The University of Oslo is cooperating with the Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS). In November 2009 a Chinese delegation from CASS visited UiO, and the Institute of Sociology and Human Geography organized a CASS-UiO workshop entitled Youth, Identity, Migration and Social Problems. The workshop dealt amongst others with issues such as migration trends, inclusion in receiving countries and identity and subcultural approaches. Under the latter theme, project coordinator Katrine Fangen talked about Youth and the Ethnic Challenge, based upon findings from the EUMARGINS research project.
The Institute of Baltic Studies, EUMARGINS research partner in Estonia, held in September 2009 a symposium and strategic seminar together with PRAXIS Center for Policy Studies. PRAXIS is one of the leading policy research institutes in Estonia. During the event, EUMARGINS' objectives and research activities were introduced and discussed among the participants of the seminar.
On Thursday 4th March 2010, Professor Les Back from London is giving a talk in Barcelona at the conference 'Living With Diversity - For a politics of hope in Europe'. The event is organized by the The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). Les Back will talk about 'Racism's Social weight', and with this present some research findings from EUMARGINS. Read more about the event and the CCCB.
Judit Strõmpl, from the EUMARGINS research team in Estonia, held the presentation "How it is to be an 'other' in Estonia?" at a seminar about racism and ethnocentrism entitled 'The world is not just black and white'. In her presentation, Mrs. Strõmpl referred to some preliminary results from EUMARGINS' data collection in Estonia.