The lecture of prof. Friedrichs in the framework of the UCSA Chair on 15 May 2007 focused on social and religious problems in relation to the integration of immigrants into German society.
Prof. Friedrichs concluded that integration of migrants has only partly been successful. For a great part of the migrants, initial educational deficits result in restricted social networks and lower chances on the labor market with lower incomes and higher unemployment rates. The impact of ethnic educational and occupation stratification differs by ethnic group, the Turkish migrants being hit the most. In addition, this group exhibits due to their religion more problems of integration into the secularized German society. For these reasons, migrants and in particular Turks have been designated as “parallel societies”.
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