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Growing up in Diverse SocietiesThe Integration of the Children of Immigrants in England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden$
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Frank Kalter, Jan O. Jonsson, Frank van Tubergen, and Anthony Heath

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266373

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266373.001.0001

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Dealing with Diverse Diversities: Defining and Comparing Minority Groups

Dealing with Diverse Diversities: Defining and Comparing Minority Groups

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Growing up in Diverse Societies

Frank Kalter

Anthony Heath

British Academy

In this chapter we use the CILS4EU data to investigate the precise generational status and the origin countries of the adolescent population in England, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. We describe the ethnic diversity in the study’s samples in more detail and show that it is very large in each of these countries. In addition, the composition of origin groups varies greatly across the four. This is a challenge for straight-forward comparisons between the countries, which is further complicated by the fact that generational status and origin countries are confounded. The chapter discusses the opportunities and limitations for the empirical analyses in the rest of the book. Basically, we argue for a strategy that regards country and group differences as phenomena of interest rather than of nuisance. They should be seen as descriptive facts and starting points of a search for explaining mechanisms.

Keywords:   comparison, diversity, generational status, origin groups, ethnic minorities

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