A positive review of our first book, "Inclusion and Exclusion of Young Adult Migrants in Europe: Barriers and Bridges," will be published by Ethnicy and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal in Spring 2012.
The aim of the EUMARGINS policy report is to inform the current EU policy debate and policy framework in the areas of social inclusion and exclusion of young people with immigrant background. The policy report presents a summary of current EU policy frames, discusses how EUMARGINS research results can inform policy and concludes with concrete policy recommendations.
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.
Coordinator Katrine Fangen presented the analytical frame of EUMARGINS at the First ISA Forum of Sociology, arranged by the International Sociological Association (ISA) in Barcelona, 5-8 September 2008. The title of her presentation was 'Social exclusion and inclusion of young adult immigrants in Europe'.
The article 'Moralkontroll i Oslos innvandrergater' deals with the experiences that young Muslims have had of being commented upon negatively on the streets at Grønland (together with Tøyen, Grønland is an area of Oslo that has around 35 to 40 per cent of inhabitants with immigrant background). The comments come from adult Muslims. They react to western behaviour (like dress codes etc) being adapted among young Muslims.
The online newspaper of the University of Oslo,UNIFORUM, presents EUMARGINS.
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'.
Coordinator Katrine Fangen presented EUMARGINS at the seminar for the youth researchers at NOVA (a research institute under the auspices of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research). Title of presentation: 'Inclusion and exclusion of young adult immigrants in seven European countries - a new project funded by the EU's 7th framework program.
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.
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 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:
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').
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.
People with immigrant background constitute approx. 30% of Estonia’s population; in the capital Tallinn the proportion is higher (40%). Most are ethnic Russians, the other ethnic groups also use extensively Russian as their mother tongue. This immigrant community was formed during the period of Soviet Union when accelerated forced industrialisation took place based on a largely immigrant labour force.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.