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Cultural Integration in Switzerland

Pierre Kohler

in Cultural Integration of Immigrants in Europe

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660094
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660094.003.0007

Series: Studies of Policy Reform


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This chapter explores cultural integration paths of eight migrant groups in Switzerland. It specifically analyses the evolution of objective behaviours and subjective attitudes of migrants from the first to the second generation. In order to deepen the analysis, the cultural integration of migrants is further examined from different perspectives: across cohorts (older vs. younger migrants) and across types of couples (individuals in endogamous vs. mixed couples). First, behaviours are examined by looking at performances of migrants at school. As women play a key role in the transmission of cultural traits and the socialization of the second generation, the focus then turns to their position in the couple and in the labour market. Finally, this chapter looks at migrants’ use of language, their feelings towards Switzerland, as well as their attitudes towards gender, religious, and political issues. Evidence points to overall convergence. The most striking differences across groups pertain to gender-related attitudes and behaviours.

Keywords: Switzerland; migration; ethnicity; cultural integration; assimilation

Chapter.  15009 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics ; International Economics

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