IES invited to present new study on immigrant integration by Flemish Green and Socialist Parties

IES Senior Researcher Ilke Adam was invited by the Flemish Green and Socialist parties to present the results of the May 2015 study authored by Ilke and Dr. Corinne Torrekens (Diver-city and ULB) on the participation and inclusion of Turkish and Moroccan Belgians.

The study was financed by the Belgian King Boudewijn Foundation. Half a century after the arrival of the first Turkish and Moroccan immigrants, the researchers inquired how the children and grandchildren of these immigrants participate in Belgian society. The study was realised through a survey of a representative group of 700 Belgian Turks and Belgian Moroccans and contained many surprising results on labour market participation, education, values, religious practice and the second generation.

Ilke Adam was invited by the Flemish Green party (Groen) and by the Brussels faction of the Flemish socialist party (Sp-a) to present the results of the study. The first presentation took place on 25 September at the green party's headquarters with the objective to inform the party's president, members of parliament and other party personnel with regards to their political work on diversity policies. The organisers welcomed the new insights the study provided as inspiration for their daily work. The presentation of the study at the event organised by the Brussels faction of the Flemish socialist party took place on 29 September at Bronks theatre (Brussels) and was widely attended. It aimed at informing the Brussels' active party members and wider public on the societal participation, well-being and opinions of an important share of the Brussels population.