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Migration and Discrimination

IMISCOE Short Reader

  • This open access short reader describes the ethnic and racial discrimination proceeding from migration

  • Focuses on discrimination against immigrants and their descendants

  • Provides an accessible and broad social science perspective on discrimination

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: The Case for Discrimination Research

    • Rosita Fibbi, Arnfinn H. Midtbøen, Patrick Simon
    Pages 1-11Open Access
  3. Concepts of Discrimination

    • Rosita Fibbi, Arnfinn H. Midtbøen, Patrick Simon
    Pages 13-20Open Access
  4. Theories of Discrimination

    • Rosita Fibbi, Arnfinn H. Midtbøen, Patrick Simon
    Pages 21-41Open Access
  5. Methods of Measurement

    • Rosita Fibbi, Arnfinn H. Midtbøen, Patrick Simon
    Pages 43-54Open Access
  6. Discrimination Across Social Domains

    • Rosita Fibbi, Arnfinn H. Midtbøen, Patrick Simon
    Pages 55-64Open Access
  7. Consequences of and Responses to Discrimination

    • Rosita Fibbi, Arnfinn H. Midtbøen, Patrick Simon
    Pages 65-78Open Access
  8. Combatting Discrimination

    • Rosita Fibbi, Arnfinn H. Midtbøen, Patrick Simon
    Pages 79-91Open Access
  9. Conclusion

    • Rosita Fibbi, Arnfinn H. Midtbøen, Patrick Simon
    Pages 93-98Open Access

About this book

This open access short reader provides a state of the art overview of the discrimination research field, with particular focus on discrimination against immigrants and their descendants. It covers the ways in which discrimination is defined and conceptualized, how it is measured, how it may be theorized and explained, and how it might be combated by legal and policy means. The book also presents empirical results from studies of discrimination across the world to show the magnitude of the problem and the difficulties of comparison across national borders. The concluding chapter engages in a critical discussion of the relationship between discrimination and integration as well as pointing out promising directions for future studies. As such this short reader is a valuable read to undergraduate students, as well as graduate students, scholars, policy makers and the general public.


  • Open access
  • Migration and integration
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Ethno-racial stigmatization
  • Discrimination and integration
  • Ethno-racial diversity turn
  • Discrimination in Europe
  • Direct and indirect discrimination
  • Organizational, institutional, and systemic discrimination
  • Discrimination and inequality
  • Multiple discrimination and intersectionality
  • Theories of discrimination
  • Methods of measuring discrimination
  • Discrimination across social domains
  • Consequences of and responses to discrimination
  • Costs of discrimination
  • Responses to discrimination and stigmatization
  • Racism and ethnicity
  • Antidiscrimination legislation
  • Antidiscrimination policies

Authors and Affiliations

  • Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchâtel, Neuchatel, Switzerland

    Rosita Fibbi

  • Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway

    Arnfinn H. Midtbøen

  • National Institute for Demographic Studies, Paris, France

    Patrick Simon

About the authors

Rosita Fibbi is doctor in political science from the University of La Sapienza in Rome, with educational background also from Zurich and Geneva. She has taught Sociology of Migration at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lausanne. She is senior researcher and project manager at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies at the University of Neuchâtel. After various research projects on the integration trajectories of children of immigrants, she published carried out the first field experiments of discrimination against children of immigrants in Switzerland, thus significantly contributing to put this topic on the political agenda in the country. Fibbi nourished this debate with further studies on antidiscrimination policy in the public and private sector. She currently heads a large project on discrimination in Switzerland, in the frame of the NCCR on the move. 

Dr. Arnfinn H. Midtbøen is an Associate Professor in sociology at the University of Oslo and a Research professor at the Institute for Social Research, also in Oslo, Norway. Midtbøen's research centers on immigration and integration, including topics such as employment discrimination, citizenship, descendants of migrants in education and work, and the history of migration research. Currently, he works on two large-scale projects on the integration of and discrimination against descendants of immigrants in Norway, and with colleagues in the US, the UK and the Netherlands he works on meta-analyses of audit studies of racial and ethnic discrimination in labor markets across the world. From 2014 to 2020, Midtbøen was member of the international IMISCOE network’s Board of Directors, and together with Rosita Fibbi and Patrick Simon he chairs the IMISCOE research cluster Discrimination in Cross-National Perspective.

Dr. Patrick Simon is Director of research at INED (Institut National d’Etudes Demographiques – National demographic institute, Paris, France) and is fellow researcher at the Center of European Studies (CEE) at Sciences Po. He is studying antidiscrimination policies, ethnic classification and the integration of ethnic minorities in European countries. He was the PI of the survey Trajectories and Origins undertaken in 2008-2009 by INED and INSEE and is co-coordinating the new survey TeO which will be conducted in 2019-2020. Simon will be chairing the department on integration and discrimination at the Institute for migrations from 2018. He is the co-editor of Sociétés Contemporaines and a member of the editorial committee of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Migration and Discrimination

  • Book Subtitle: IMISCOE Short Reader

  • Authors: Rosita Fibbi, Arnfinn H. Midtbøen, Patrick Simon

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-67280-5Published: 09 April 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-67281-2Published: 08 April 2021

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 98

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Migration, Society

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 24.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)