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December 12-13, 2013, 1st INTEGRIM Annual Conference on:


Organisers: Walter Nicholls & Floris Vermeulen, IMES, University of Amsterdam

Location: Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, NL-1016 EZ Amsterdam

Over the past twenty years, the concept of “integration” has informed much of the social scientific research on immigrant settlement in western countries. Debates have raged over whether immigrants are integrating ‘enough’, how integration varies across countries and immigrant groups, and whether the concept of ‘integration’ is too normative and nation-centered to be of much scientific use. This one-day conference aims to examine integration by showcasing cutting edge research on immigrant incorporation and debating whether the concept is still viable for advancing our knowledge of how immigrants become parts of receiving contexts.

The conference consists of two keynote speakers and two panel sessions. The speakers have all contributed in important ways to advancing empirical and theoretical debates in the field.  The aim is to highlight these advances but also to raise critical questions about the concepts continued viability in the coming years.

The conference is free and open to the public. We encourage students, faculty, and those with a general interest in the topic of immigration to register with Rabia El Morabet Belhaj (

Keynote speakers: Richard Alba, City University of New York & Min Zhou, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and University of California Los Angeles

 Panels on New Research Frontiers in Immigration-Integration Research  and Re-thinking Integration and Immigration as Basic Concepts with among others Nando Sigona (School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham), Maurice Crul (Department of Sociology, Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Free University Amsterdam), Willem Schinkel (Department of Sociology, Erasmus University of Rotterdam) and Riva Kastoryano (Centre d’études et de recherches internationals,  Sciences Po, Paris).