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Understanding adaptation among the children of immigrants and refugees

13 October 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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In this webinar, Ben Wilson will discuss recent findings relating to adaptation among children of immigrants and refugees in Sweden and different methods used to understand the process.

This event is free.

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What can we learn from recent quantitative research and how can we go beyond the limits of current knowledge?

This talk will focus on issues that are shared by quantitative social scientists, including data, methods, and the intersection between disciplines. The substantive focus is on adaptation, which is typically defined as a bi-directional process of convergence toward mainstream patterns of behaviour among immigrants and their descendants. 

The talk aims to provide an overview of recent findings concerning the adaptation of the second generation (children of immigrants and refugees) in Sweden, in particular relating to their family formation and socioeconomic outcomes. 

In doing so, Ben will discuss different methods used in order to understand adaptation, including to make comparisons between and within different generations. 

Reflecting on what we have learnt so far, he will conclude by discussing potential directions for future research, not least in the hope of stimulating a fruitful post-seminar discussion about causality, mediation, and the challenges of intergenerational research.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in quantitative social science, demography, sociology, and migration studies.

QSS seminar series

In this weekly Quantitative Social Science (QSS) seminar series, speakers present research that falls under the broad umbrella of quantitative social science.


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About the Speaker

Dr Ben Wilson

Post-doctoral researcher at the Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA)

Ben is also a visiting fellow in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics. Prior to completing his PhD, he worked as a senior researcher at the Office for National Statistics.

His research covers a range of topics relating to demography, sociology, migration studies, geography, epidemiology, political science and research methods. He has received large-scale funding for several projects that aim to understand the lives of immigrants and their descendants.

His recent research includes studies of family formation, health inequalities, and the impact of childhood on early adult life course trajectories. His teaching reflects his research interests, in particular topics relating to demography, migration, and research methods.