Inter-minority relations

Many European societies are confronted with two interrelated challenges: democratic recession and the rise of right-wing populist parties on the one hand, and immigration and growing diversity on the other hand. Both are fundamental stress tests for heterogeneous states and especially for vulnerable minorities. How do these developments affect the relationship between “old” and “new” minorities? Under what circumstances do inter-minority conflicts arise? Do marginalized minorities respond differently to immigration? This research track will aim to complement both theoretically and empirically existing approaches that focus primarily on majorities and immigrants. It will attempt to draw evidence-based conclusions for social cohesion and diversity management in European societies. The work will follow on from previous ECMI research (including an edited volume in 2020) on the place of national minorities in an ever more multi-layered condition of diversity.

Ongoing Projects

  • How Party Competition Shapes Ethnic Parties’ Position on Immigration (with M. Debus, Mannheim University)
  • Solidarity or Threat? How Discrimination Experience and Assimilation Pressure Shape Minority Attitudes toward Immigration in Western Europe (with M. Neureiter, Munich University)

Selected Publications

2021. Mapping Integration Indicators. A Reference Tool for Evaluating the Implementation of Ljubljana Guidelines-based Policy, Report commissioned by the HCNM/OSCE (with R. Medda-Windischer, S. Spiliopoulou Åkermark, S. Cramer Marsal). Download.

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Online Talk COVID-19: Securitisation, Minorities, Diversity (7 April 2021)

Expert Workshop (7 November 2019)


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