The multicultural influx into previously relatively homogenous societies forces citizens and policy-makers to re-think a very basic question: Who belongs?
Migration, Diversity, and Social Change
Migration means crossing borders in more than just a physical way. It is fundamentally challenging the very meanings of such concepts as society, community, identity, and citizenship. Migration into the advanced industrial democracies has dramatically increased during the last two decades. The multicultural influx into previously relatively homogeneous societies forces citizens and policy makers to rethink a very basic question: Who belongs?
This research initiative attempts to answer the following questions, among others: Are the ties that bind the members of the host societies growing stronger or weaker in reaction to the newcomers? Are the publics in these countries still willing to fund the modern welfare state even though it is more difficult to recognize “who is my brother”?
This research initiative not only looks at social change in receiving states, but also at the consequences of migration for the sending states, as these are equally challenging.