Between Segregation and Social Integration: Recent Immigrants and Foreign Workers in the USA and in the UK
Outgoing phase (August 2008-July 2010)
This project aims to analyze immigration patterns in the USA between 1990 and 2007 and illustrate the changing structures of the immigrant population for this period. Secondly, it aims to examine the lives of immigrants and, in particular, attitudes towards their new surroundings and the host country. A further objective is also to ask US citizens and long-term residents about their perceptions of recent immigrants.
In terms of quantitative analysis the project will attempt to examine how mutual perceptions of newcomers and residents are affected by their various nationalities, religions, languages, levels of education etc. Furthermore this project investigates how government regulates the flow of immigrants and what kind of civil society organisations try to help the new arrivals and how those activities are managed.
Qualitative methods will focus on specific in-depth interviews with representatives of community associations and local government organizations that have a stake in or knowledge of social integration issues.
Return phase (August 2010-July 2011)
This project’s goal is to carry out a survey in Glasgow and Edinburgh asking immigrants and long-term residents about their quality of life and their attitudes concerning this issue.
- What is the quality of life among immigrants and residents?
- How can we describe the demographic characteristics of the immigrants and residents: qualification, employment, age and gender structure, religion, marital status, languages known, nationality?
- What is the attitude of immigrants and residents towards human rights and values, the open door policy and the immigration process?
- How do these things influence segregation or integration of the immigrants?
The questionnaire method would be the same as is planned for use in Washington State. Similarly, qualitative interviews will be carried out with representatives of community associations and local government organizations with a stake in or knowledge of social integration issues.
Dr Judit Molnar
European Commission 7th Framework Programme: “Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowships for Career development”
Call identifier: FP7 – PEOPLE – 2007–4-1-IOF, Proposal N° 219671 - SEGREG-INTEGRATION
August 2008 - July 2011