Refugee and Minority Integration

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Integration has become an increasingly important to topic in many nations throughout the world. As many countries become affected by social instability resulting from war, acts of terrorism, and global warming, an increasing number of people are forced or choose to be resettled in new countries. This can create tension between the migrants and the host country. I focus on the ways in which second-generation immigrants (the children of immigrants born abroad or in the host country) become acclimated to their new cultural environment and provide services regarding policy interventions to better integrate migrants and refugees.

Most recently, I have been working with a team on the island of Lesbos, Greece, led by Prof. F. LeRon Shults from the University of Agder (Kristiansand, Norway), to use my research in policy-relevant ways to help decrease tensions in communities receiving refugees and better understand how children use ethnic stereotypes generally