Assimilation processes of migrants in an inter- and multigenerational perspective

PhD student: Floor Verhaeghe
Summary: This research focuses on assimilation processes of several generations of migrants (1st, 2nd, 3rd generation) in different periods (sixties, eighties, present). Assimilation is not considered as an ideal one should reach, but rather as a possible way of examining processes migrants go through in the receiving country. Assimilation is conceptualised as a multidimensional concept, with a structural (education, job market), cultural (language, leisure time), social (network, membership of organizations) and identificational dimension (self-identification in terms of ethnic/regional/national belonging). Both objective and subjective components (own perception of migrants) are considered. Three studies are foreseen: a survey with youngsters in the last years of secondary schools in Genk and Sint-Niklaas, family interviews with multigenerational families with a migration background, and a discourse analysis of newspaper articles out of different time periods.
PhD in Educational Sciences
Promoter(s): Ilse Derluyn, Lieve Bradt (Department Of Social Work And Social Pedagogy, Ghent University)
Starting date: December 2012