Viola Angelini

About Viola Angelini

Viola Angelini is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and Research Fellow of Netspar. She holds a joint PhD in Economics from the Universities of York and Padua. Before joining the University of Groningen, she worked as Post-Doctoral Researcher for the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). Her research interests include: economics of ageing, health economics, household saving and consumption, and applied microeconometrics.

Cultural Assimilation and the Well-being of Immigrants

With its 10.7 million of foreign-born residents (Statistiches Bundesamt, 2011), Germany represents the country with the largest number of international migrants in Europe. The assimilation of immigrants into the national culture is one of the hottest issues that policy makers have to face. On the 16th of October 2010, during a meeting of the younger members of the Christian Democratic Union, the German prime minister Angela Merkel contributed to the controversial debate on multiculturalism in her country by stating that “the approach [building] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other… has failed, utterly failed”.

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