Chapter 8: Integration in migration societies
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In this chapter, I elaborate essential components of a toolkit for migration-related integration research. I build on a clarification of integration as a general sociological concept and on traditional approaches, such as classical, segmented, and neoclassical assimilation theory. Using social stratification research as an example, I explain how migration-specific features can add to standard questions and approaches of other established research areas. This interplay of migration-specific and standard mechanisms in related fields is then generalized more systematically by disentangling the main theoretical building blocks within an abstract scheme. They comprise various forms of selection, as well as resource transferability and discrimination. This perspective highlights several approaches that need to be emphasized more in forthcoming research. These include processes of evaluation and recognition, as well as dynamic interactions that produce integration as an emergent macro feature of societies.