Social Integration of Migrants in Europe: A Review of the European Literature 2000-2006 Sarah Spencer, Betsy Cooper


This paper, commissioned for the ‘Gaining from Migration’ project coordinated by the OECD Development Centre, reviews European literature on the social integration of migrants in Europe and summarises the main findings. The review, necessarily illustrative of the broad literature available, is supported by an extensive, separate bibliography. The objectives of the project were to draw out the implications of these findings for European policy making and to identify the limitations of the available knowledge as an evidence base. The review identifies gaps in the literature to inform a forward research agenda. It focuses on recent literature (2000-2006) and primarily on selected Western European countries: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.


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