The Socio-cultural Integration of Immigrants: In Between Temporary Migration and Permanent Settlement Cover Image

Sociální integrace imigrantů na rozhraní mezi dočasnou migrací a trvalým usazením
The Socio-cultural Integration of Immigrants: In Between Temporary Migration and Permanent Settlement

Author(s): Josef Bernard, Renáta Mikešová
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i.
Keywords: integration of immigrants; labour migration; Czech Republic; socio-cultural integration; dimensions of assimilation

Summary/Abstract: The article examines the integration process of Ukrainians and Vietnamese in the Czech Republic. The authors focus on socio-cultural integration, the pre- and post-migration factors integration depends on, and the differences in the integration process of the two communities. Using survey data they show that the integration process of each group follows a different trajectory and depends on different factors. Ukrainians tend to be more integrated than Vietnamese. The primary factor influencing the level of integration of Ukrainian migrants is the length of residence in the Czech Republic. Household composition and the residential preferences of Ukrainians play a secondary role. On average Vietnamese immigrants have resided longer in the Czech Republic, but the increasing length of residence has a much weaker effect on the level of socio-cultural integration of members of this community. The residential preferences of Vietnamese immigrants and especially the age at which they arrived in the Czech Republic are important factors in their integration. Those Vietnamese immigrants who arrived as children are significantly more integrated than those who arrived as adults. These results suggest that the socio-cultural integration of Vietnamese immigrants depends primarily on socialisation in the Czech Republic.

  • Issue Year: 50/2014
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 521-545
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Czech