Centre for Economic Demography

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Immigrant Integration: future research

We have identified several future research areas of substantial importance. With respect to the economic dimension, the persisting immigrant-native differences in labour market outcomes undoubtedly remain a key research area. But the CED also aims, using refined methods and data, to provide further evidence on the importance of early-life health conditions for immigrant integration. Furthermore, given the fact that integration proceeds across generations, it is important to examine how the children of immigrants succeed relative their parents and natives. The extension of the SEDD and SLI databases has provided excellent opportunities to examine both intergenerational transmissions of resources and intra-generational distribution of resources. Examples are the extent to which early-life conditions explain existing human capital gaps between the second-generation immigrants and natives, and intergenerational transmission of economic inequalities.

With respect to the health dimension, we have in recent years been working on issues such as higher sickness absence among immigrants, and in the future the impact of early-life and life-cycle factors on morbidity and mortality will be examined. Although difficult, our aim has been to reveal causal relationships to the greatest extent possible using innovative strategies.