International Migration and Cultural Pluralism: Arab Migrants in Latin America

The classical economic theories of international migration generally refer to economic factors when trying to explain the numbers of migrants or the patterns of assimiliaton, or the economic success of migrants in the host country. Recent studies criticize those approaches by focussing on other aspects of migration, especially on the role of the social and ethnic networks. These recent approaches combine "personal" capital, cultural and ethnic identity, assimilation, and economic success in a typical argumentation.
The main questions are: What dimensions of "personal" capital and ethnic identity have been considered in the existing studies and which variables were included in econometric models in order to quantify "personal" and "ethnic" capital? Similar questions arise in connection with the categories assimilation and economic success.

Duration of Funding: 2002-2004

Applicants:
Prof. Ingrid Kubin (Economics)
Prof. Sylvio Fausto Gil Filho (Geography)
Dr. Eva Cyba (Sociology)

Assistants:
Nastaran Yousef Khan (Economics)
Ulrich Kuschnereit (Economics)

Publication:
KHAN, NASTARAN YOUSEF (2009): Ökonomische Theorie der Assimilation unter Berücksichtigung von Netzwerkeffekten. Berlin, 191 S.