The FOCUS Triangulation report is out!
The European Union’s definition of integration as a “dynamic, two-way process of mutual accommodation by all immigrants and residents of Member States” builds the basis of the research conceptual understanding of the term.
FOCUS has used interdisciplinary, multi-dimensional and multi-analytical approaches – constituting the first attempt to operationalise and empirically analyse in the selected countries the concept of dynamic integration as outlined by Ager and Strang (2004, 2008 and 2010; Ndofor-Tah et al., 2019). Various methods were deployed:
- quantitative analysis based on the project’s surveys developed following extensive reviews of the pre-existing research base,
- secondary data gathering and analysis,
- qualitative research in the form of focus group discussions (FGDs), and
- policy analysis.
The Triangulation report is the final step of the FOCUS research stream. It integrates and triangulates the findings from the various research methods and sources and translates them into one coherent picture. This exercise involves a careful interpretation of the consistencies and contradictions manifested in the various streams by reflecting on methodological limitations and taking a stronger consideration of context.