Migration strategies among different urban immigrant communities

Instructor: Prof. Antal Orkeny

Field: interdisciplinary social studies

Course description:

The main objective of seminar is to study the degree of social, political, and cultural integration of the foreign immigrant population in several European cities, and therefore to study multicultural society at the local level. The questions that guide the whole semester are the following: (1) To what extent is the immigrant population integrated into the local life of their cities? (2) Are there significant differences in the degree to which different ethnic, cultural or national groups are socially, economically, and culturally integrated into the local life? (3) If such differences exist, what factors help explain the variations in the degree of integration from one immigrant group to another? The analytical approach of the seminar considers the potential influence of two main types of factors: (1) immigrants' individual characteristics; (2) the characteristics of the immigrant groups within the host society; (3) the host society. The interpretation will be carried out on different levels of analysis: (1) the contextual or macro level, through the use of secondary sources and interviews with political and administrative authorities; (2) the organizational or meso level, through the study of immigrants' organisational structures and networks, carried out with surveys to immigrants' associations,; (3) the individual or micro level, through a survey to immigrant residents of different origins (with a control group of national-born citizens.


(Orkeny, A. – Szekelyi, M.: Multicultural Democracy and Immigrants’ Social Capital in Europe: the Chinese, Arab and Turkish, and ethnic Hungarian migrant diasporas living in Budapest, Manuscript (2008))

Data source:

Multicultural Democracy and Immigrants’ Social Capital in Europe: Participation, Organisational Networks, and Public Policies at the Local Level Research Period: 2005-2009


- Interdisciplinary theoretical knowledge on migration, political integration, and ethnic and cultural studies

-qualitative and quantitative research skills

- advanced SPSS