Summary - Integration in sight?

A review of eight domains of integration of migrants in the Netherlands

Original title: Integratie in zicht?

Migration and integration top the list of social problems which worry people in the Netherlands the most. Radicalisation, the controversy surrounding the folklore figure Zwarte Piet (‘Black Pete’), the refugee crisis and ethnic profiling are just a few of the topics that fuel those concerns, and which sometimes cause emotions to run high. All this begs the question of exactly what the current status is regarding the integration In Dutch society of residents with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

This study sheds light on developments in integration over the last 15 years. We concentrate mainly on first and second-generation migrants of Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese and Antillean origin – the four largest non-Western migrant groups in the Netherlands. We investigate whether the differences between the position in society of these groups and of Dutch natives with the same background characteristics are widening or narrowing. We look at developments in relation to housing, employment, education and political and social participation, but also at themes such as crime, interethnic contacts and perceived discrimination.

This publication is edited by Willem Huijnk and Iris Andriessen, both of whom are employed in the Education, Minorities and Methodology Research Sector at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research SCP, where they carry out research on the integration of migrant groups.