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Michael Windzio

Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio is Professor of Sociology of Migration and Urban Research at the University of Bremen and currently a DAAD/AICGS Fellow. Before coming to the University of Bremen, he was an associate director at the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony, Hanover, and completed his M.A. at the University of Heidelberg in Sociology and Political Science.

While Prof. Dr. Windzio is at AICGS, he will be conducting research on the first comparative network study (Germany vs. U.S.) on the effects of cultural diversity, integration, and social assimilation of immigrants and ethnic minorities. While concentrating on the integration and social assimilation of young immigrants, he will focus on the ethnic and cultural determinants of friendship ties and peer social groups. His social network study approach includes a qualitative analysis based on expert interviews with teachers and principals in ethnically diverse schools. Prof. Dr. Windzio’s research, titled “Birds of a Feather Flock Together: Friendship Assimilation, Ethnic Homophily, and Social Capital of Young Immigrants in the U.S. and Germany,” is also in line with the AICGS project on “Integration of Muslim Immigrants in Germany and the United States.”

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Friendship Assimilation and Ethnic Homophily of Young Immigrants in the U.S. and Germany

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Although Germany’s share of immigrants ranks third in the EU behind Luxembourg and Switzerland, Germany still seems to struggle with being a country of immigration, writes DAAD/AICGS Fellow Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio. Regarding the increasing relative size of the first, second, and third generation immigrant population, however, it is a crucial question for Germany’s future development whether their integration will be successful. In this light, Prof. Dr. Windzio offers an overview of theories of immigrant incorporation in social networks and empirical results on segregation in social networks in the U.S. and Germany, further examining how the German and American debates on integration differ.