Introduction to Sociology course

Chapter 11. Immigration and Integration

Were you or your parents born in another country? Do you have personal connections to children of immigrants? How ethnically diverse is the society in which you live? The topic of immigration and integration is relevant more than ever before. International migration has resulted in increasingly ethnically diverse societies and questions arise about the integration of immigrants and their offspring.


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Ch. 11 Online AppendixThe Schelling segregation model

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  • Refugees: the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has an excellent website with lots of useful information about the refugee crisis, numbers of refugees and displaced persons, and reports on causes, policy, interventions.
  • Integration of immigrants: Watch this great interview with Prof. Mary Waters on the integration of immigrants and their children in the United States (here).
  • Integration policies: Which policies do countries implement to facilitate the integration of immigrants and their children? Check the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), a project that collects country data on integration policies.
  • Residential segregation: Did racial segregation in where people live and work change in the US? Watch this video. Or watch this interview with Prof. Douglas Massey. Why is South Africa still so segregated? Check this video.
  • Schelling segregation model: Watch this educational video from Prof. Scott Page.
  • Research on immigration and integration: the International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE) network brings together expertise in this area of research.