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The TIES research program totals all the research efforts in relation to the TIES survey. The mayor three TIES subprograms are:

1.    The Integration of the European Second Generation. Best Practice in Eight Cities in Five Countries. A program funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung comparing second generation Turkish youth and a control group in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland.

2.    The Integration of the European Second generation (TIES). A research project in fifteen cities in eight countries. Programs funded by ESF-ECRP in 2005 and 2006 gave extra funding to Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland and made it possible to include three new partners: (1) Spain; comparing second generation Moroccan youth and a control group, (2) Sweden; second generation Turkish youth and control group, (3) Belgium, second generation Turkish and Moroccan youth and a control group.

3.    The Integration of the European Second generation (TIES). The Research and Training Network. A program funded in the Marie Curie Program. This program enabled us to hire two post-docs and twelve Phds students two work with the TIES data set.

Next to these three subprograms TIES teams in the different countries have been funded locally and nationally by a range of funders. Around thirty-five researchers are partly or full time funded in the TIES program.

The TIES team will produce at least two collaborative international volumes. The first volume will be a compilation of the national reports on the TIES data set. In the second volume we will look at differences in the structural integration of second- generation groups who share comparable ethnic backgrounds and starting positions. We will address the issue of how generic and specific policies at national and city levels may work to the advantage or disadvantage of second-generation groups.

The fifteen senior researchers and about twenty Phd students will work on different topics that are included in the TIES survey. Some will work on issues of structural integration across countries, others will work on identity, religion, discrimination or transnationalism. Most of our researchers are members of the IMISCOE network of excellence (<http://www.imiscoe.org/>) and operate in cluster C8. The individual or collaborative research projects can be found in the WebPages below.

The TIES project has linked up in different coalitions to other related research programs. The four most important programs are:

1.    The study of the ‘Immigrant Second Generation in Metropolitan New York’ (ISGMNY) is looking at second generation youth in New York. From the very start of the TIES project we had a close collaboration with Prof. John Mollenkopf of the City University of New York. The collaboration will result in a conference bringing together European and American researchers in Bellagio funded by Russell Sage and the Rockenfeller Foundation.

2.    The TIES project in Estonia. This project coordinated by Prof. Raivo Vetik is looking at second generation Russian speaking youth and a Estonian control group. The Estonian team has made use of the TIES questionnaire for their own fieldwork which makes comparisons possible with the TIES project in Western Europe. The Estonian team has the ambition to make a comparison of second generation Russian speaking youth across the three Baltic nations, Finland and Germany.

3.    The Norface program ‘Ethnicity and Religious Mobilisation of the European Second generation’ coordinated by Prof. Karen Phalet of the university of Leuven is also closely connected to the TIES project. TIES partners in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands are involved in this program. One of the three Norface PhD students will make use of the TIES survey in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands looking at the formation of ethnic and religious identities among second generation Turkish youth.

4.    The ‘Children of Immigrants in School’ (CIS) program is another collaboration with the Unites States. Dr. Jennifer Holdaway working at the Social Science Research Council  (SSRC) and also member of the New York team is working with the Dutch team to make a comparison between New York and Amsterdam. Three researchers will make use of the Dutch TIES and the New York survey to compare second-generation Moroccan youth in Amsterdam and second generation Dominican in New York.

More detailed information on these projects can be found on the website under the heading ‘other research projects ’.

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