Migration Seminar
The Migration Society 2.0 Lecture Series:
Becoming a Minority. How do people without migration background influence the living climate in majority minority neighborhoods?

Maurice Crul is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Free University in Amsterdam. Maurice Crul mostly worked on the topic of education and children of immigrants and refugee children in a comparative European and Transatlantic context. Maurice Crul has coordinated the TIES project (The Integration of the European Second generation) in ten countries and the ELITES project on the upcoming elite among the second generation in four countries. In 2017 Maurice Crul was awarded the prestigious ERC advanced grant for the project Becoming a Minority (BAM) on the integration of people of native descent in majority minority cities in five European countries.

He is the author of numerous books among which are ‘Superdiversity. A New Vision on Integration’ and ‘The Changing Face of World Cities.’ Abstract For more than forty years we studied the participation and integration of people with migration background in diverse city contexts. The forgotten group in research up till recently were people without migration background. This one-sided perspective has translated in major empirical and theoretical flaws in how we study social processes in ethnically diverse contexts. Without studying the diversity attitudes and practices of people without migration background we miss out on the impact of the actions of the most powerful group in society.

In the Becoming a Minority Research Project we aim to study their impact on social relations in majority minority neighborhoods. Based on survey results from six European cities we show that diversity attitudes and practices of people without migration background in majority minority neighborhoods overall contribute to more inclusion and openness to cultural diversity. Three factors are important for this conclusion. The size of the group that is positive about living in an ethnically diverse context, the size of the group that follows up on this in practice and their positions of power in society.

The seminar will be held in English and via zoom. More information at mau.se/mim