LISER café debates series “Science & Société”

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) is organising a series of eight café debates around the topic science in society. Supported by the FNR’s PSP-Classic scheme, the next event takes place on Tuesday, 6 November 2018 and focuses on the question ‘Migration: Quelle(s) politique(s) d’integration au Luxembourg ?’. 

With 48% of its population not holding Luxembourg nationality (STATEC 2018), Luxembourg is a very good case study for analysing individuals’ attitudes towards integration.

To understand the current relations between majority and minority groups in Luxembourg, it is necessary to focus on the country’s migration history. In the 19th century, the rapid development of the steel industry and the accompanying increase in demand for labour led to the arrival of foreign workers, particularly Italians, working in mines and steel mills (Kirps and Reitz, 2001).

Compared to other European countries, the composition of the immigrant population in Luxembourg is unique, with the majority coming from neighbouring countries and the rest of the EU (Fetzer, 2011). In addition, this group is mainly composed of European and Roman Catholic residents, culturally and religiously close to the native population. The main groups are the Portuguese, followed by the French, Italians and residents from other neighbouring countries (Belgium and Germany).

As a result, issues relating to inter-group conflicts and social cohesion and inclusion have emerged in Luxembourg as in most Western countries, which have also faced a significant wave of immigration since the early 20th century. For these reasons, attitudes towards integration and immigration in Europe deserve particular attention, both from a theoretical and a political point of view.

Time and location

Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 18:30

Kulturfabrik, café Ratelach, Esch-sur-Alzette

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