What is the aim of TIES?
TIES aims to study the topic of integration, be it economic, social, educational, or in terms of identity. The research focuses the long-term consequences of the large-scale labour migration experienced by all western and northern European countries since the 1960s. The main objective is to create the first systematic and rigorous common European dataset on these issues - relevant not only for a better general understanding, but also for the development of policies at all levels of government.

The "second generation" is especially suited for the study of integration because, in contrast to their immigrant parents, this group has the potential to fully participate in all aspects of social life. The fact that they are generally not doing so in Europe points directly at systemic deficits and structural obstacles which the study intends to lay bare.

The TIES project produces an actual overview of the position of the second generation in Europe: The project analyses in which regards and to which degree the educational and professional situations of second generation descendants of migrants are dependent on the specific social, institutional and political conditions on the local and national levels. The TIES project will provide important information on a range of issues relevant for academics, stakeholders, and NGOs.
The main aim of the TIES project is to compare the educational and labour market positions of the same second-generation groups (Turkish, Moroccan and ex-Yugoslavian) in different countries. The fact that these groups share very similar starting positions gives us a unique opportunity to look at the effects of specific city and national contexts. To name just two examples of relevant research questions:

Why is it that the same groups do better in school in one country than in another?

Why is it that the transition to the labour market seems to be much smoother in one country as compared to another?


The TIES project will also give insights in other important domains of life like social relations, identities or religion. While posing new and original research questions, the TIES project is also policy-oriented. Answers to the posed questions are therefore also formulated with regard to their policy implications and possible societal consequences.
 

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