Migrant Integration Research: Do we need a change of focus?
De Jong, Mart-Jan
Faculty of Social Science Roosevelt Academy/University of Utrecht Middelburg, The Netherlands
In the preparation for this paper a sample of academic journals is being studied. The sample is taken from the period 1985-2008. On the basis of the first outcomes of this study, which is still in progress, it can be stated that the paper will show that the main topics of research and essays are not equally focused on processes of inclusion, exclusion and self-exclusion. Moreover, the sample shows that there is a strong tendency to focus on social problems related to the integration of immigrants and that very limited research is carried out to investigate why some groups or individuals have been successful in attaining a good position in the country of settlement. The paper will finish with an analysis of the scientific and political consequences of the overrepresentation of studying processes of exclusion and manifestations of failing processes of integration.