The Institute for Social Research can look back on a good and active year for research on migration and integration. Several broadly applied studies have either been recently completed or are well underway. Several doctoral theses have been submitted and three researchers have been recruited who will work with issues related to migration.
In line with the institute’s objective to carry out politically relevant research of high academic quality in areas of great importance to social development, issues related to immigration and inclusion have been part of the institute’s portfolio since the late 1960s.
We study a number of topics concerning migration, among which are labour, asylum and refugee policy, the welfare state, integration, discrimination, European refugee law, irregular immigration, the public debate in the field of education, family, children and youth.
The association between migration and the welfare state is constantly under study, but the theme of inclusion and exclusion processes linked to gender and ethnic background in education and the labour market is an example of new and exciting links to migration research.
The extent of and reasons for ethnic discrimination in the Norwegian labour market was the topic of a recently completed doctoral thesis. The study was the subject of a great deal of government attention, both as a result of important findings and the interesting use of new experimental methodology.
Extensive research, particularly associated with the children of immigrants, is being conducted on social challenges and changes in the encounter between the Nordic welfare model’s equality project and new family types. In 2014 a large collaborative project is being completed which studies the relationship between Norwegian immigration policy and different types of immigration to Norway.
In the past year the migration and integration research community at the institute has become a member of the European research network International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe (IMISCOE). This membership has contributed to a further internationalisation of the institute’s research. We have clear ambitions to enter into broadly applied, comparative studies in the field of migration and integration in future years.