1st Edition

Integrating Immigrants in the Netherlands Cultural Versus Socio-Economic Integration

Edited By Wilma Vollebergh, Justus Veenman, Louk Hagendoorn Copyright 2003

    This title was first published in 2003. Using a behaviourist and quantitative approach, this study examines the vexed questions surrounding the economic and cultural integration of immigrants into the Netherlands. The authors use the Dutch case as a specific example of a wider European problem. The book examines the two opposing theoretical and political points of view on integration, whether immigrants need to adapt to the dominant culture before they are able to fully participate in socio-economic life, or whether as they participate in socio-economic life they will gradually adapt to the dominant culture. Based primarily on quantitative research, the authors unravel the complex interrelationship between cultural and socio-economic integration. They explore some of the barriers to entry into Dutch society and discuss questions of ethnic identification, parenting, educational achievement and the labour market. Since contextual factors clearly affect integration, the study also looks at the effects of migrant policies and immigration policies in different West European countries and examines social distance from immigrant groups by the native Dutch population.

    Introduction Cultural Orientation and Socio-Economic Integration of Immigrants in the Netherlands; 1: An International Comparison of Migration and Immigrant Policy with Respect to Immigrants from Turkey and their Participation in the Labour Market; 2: Why the Dutch Maintain More Social Distance from Some Ethnic Minorities than Others: A Model Explaining the Ethnic Hierarchy; 3: Myths and Realities of Diversity in Parenting and Parent—Child Relations: A Comparison of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Families in the Netherlands; 4: Parenting and Adolescent Development in Dutch, Turkish and Moroccan Families in the Netherlands; 5: Normative Orientation and Academic Achievement in a School Context; 6: Acculturation, Motivation and Educational Attainment: A Contextual Model of Minority School Achievement; 7: The Ethno-Cultural and Socio-Economic Position of Ethnic Minority Groups in the Netherlands; 8: The Cultural Integration of Immigrants in the Netherlands: A Description and Explanation of Modern Attitudes of Turks, Moroccans, Surinamese, Antilleans and the Indigenous Population; Conclusion Some Conclusions on the Integration of Immigrants in the Netherlands


    Wilma Vollebergh, Justus Veenman, Louk Hagendoorn