Integration Policies and Their Results
This concluding chapter reviews the effects of the Spanish model of immigrant integration on the adaptation of the second generation, presents the results of a survey of twenty-five leaders of immigrant organizations conducted in Madrid and Barcelona in 2013, and discusses systematically the bearing of empirical findings from the ILSEG surveys on theories of second-generation adaptation, as presented in chapter 2. The “practical” model of Spanish integration has allowed immigrants and their offspring to accommodate to society at their own pace and may be credited with the positive results observed among youths in our sample. While the severe economic crisis affecting the country since 2010 has led to the effective end of new immigration, leaders of immigrant organizations continue resisting the new challenges of poverty and diminished external support and consistently voice the expectation that the good relations established with Spanish authorities in the past will endure. Such relations should lead to renewed assistance for immigrants and their organizational activities once the economic downturn is overcome.
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