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Host Culture Adoption and Ethnic Retention among Turkish Immigrants and their Descendants in France,

Title: Host Culture Adoption and Ethnic Retention among Turkish Immigrants and their Descendants in France, Germany, and the Netherlands

Type: Research Project

Location: France, Germany, and Netherlands

Name of Responsible Persons: Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans (Project Manager) and Evelyn Ersanilli (Staff)

Source: WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Date: Project Date: 2004-2010

This summary focuses on explaining the theoretical background and objectives of a research project aiming to assess how successful the socio-cultural integration of Turkish immigrants was within France, Germany and the Netherlands. Each country has different integration policies, and the project focuses on the extent to which the host culture of the country is adopted as well as the extent of ethnic retention among the immigrants.

The project also tests a few theories concerning immigrant assimilation, whilst also examining a number of theories including those pertaining to acculturative stress, reactive ethnicity, and naturalization policies. The end result of this research demonstrated that assimilation via host culture adoption was most prevalent in French society, while the Netherlands had the highest level of ethnic retention due to its multiculturalism among the immigrant Turkish population.

This summary is obtained from an article on the WZB Berlin Social Science Center’s website. Follow this link for further details.

Other Publications include:

  • Ersanilli, Evelyn/Koopmans, Ruud (2009): Ethnic Retention and Host Culture Adoption among Turkish Immigrants in Germany, France and the Netherlands. A Controlled Comparison. WZB Discussion Paper SP IV 2009-701. Berlin: WZB.

  • Ersanilli, Evelyn (2010): Comparing Integration. Host Culture Adoption and Ethnic Retention Among Turkish Immigrants and their Descendents in France, Germany and the Netherlands. Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, XII, 191 S.

  • Ersanilli, Evelyn/Koopmans, Ruud (2010): "Rewarding integration? Citizenship Regulations and the Socio-Cultural Integration of Immigrants in the Netherlands, France and Germany". In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 36, No. 5, S. 773-791.

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