We invite papers for a two-day workshop on children of immigrants, held at the Center for Metropolitan Studies in Berlin on Jan 16/17 2009. At this workshop, current work on second generation immigrants will be discussed along two main
themes: the second generation and the city ; the second generation in school.
Within integration debates across Europe, focus has shifted from the first to the so called second generation of immigrants in recent years. Their performance in educational systems and on the job markets is tied to success or failure of integration policies and scrutinized with concern, as is their cultural, social and religious orientation.
In many places a very contested group, the second generation symbolizes permanency of migration and growing diversity while raising questions about the concept and mechanisms of „integration“ and constructions of difference today.
The workshop offers internationally comparative perspectives on second generation research in Europe and the US, featuring keynote presentations by
Philip Kasinitz, chair of Dept. of Sociology at CUNY, NYC, USA
on the New Second Generation in metropolitan New York;
Jens Schneider, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), Amsterdam
introducing the EU- research project TIES on the European second generation covering fifteen cities
in eight European countries
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