Sport as a means of immigrant youth integration: An empirical study of sports, intercultural relations, and immigrant youth integration in Switzerland

Makarova, Elena; Herzog, Walter (2014). Sport as a means of immigrant youth integration: An empirical study of sports, intercultural relations, and immigrant youth integration in Switzerland. Sportwissenschaft, 44(1), pp. 1-9. Hofmann 10.1007/s12662-013-0321-9

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The objective of this paper is to examine the role of sport in immigrant youths’ integration into a host society. The analyses are based on a survey of 454 first-generation immigrant youths from secondary, vocational, and pre-apprenticeship schools located in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. In short, our results indicate that for most immigrant youth sport is an important part of their free time, even though the proportion of female immigrant youth doing sports in sports clubs is twice as low as that of male immigrant youth. Our findings also illustrate that female and male immigrant youth who do sports in clubs have considerably more personal contact with Swiss peers during these sporting activities. Moreover, those young people who have frequent personal contact with Swiss peers during sporting activities reported having considerably more intercultural contacts in their free time and among their close friends. Finally, immigrant youths’ contacts with Swiss peers during sporting activities increase their feeling of being integrated in Switzerland.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Makarova, Elena and Herzog, Walter

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

0342-2380

Publisher:

Hofmann

Language:

English

Submitter:

Elena Makarova

Date Deposited:

09 Jan 2015 11:16

Last Modified:

09 Jan 2015 11:16

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s12662-013-0321-9

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.61356

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/61356

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