What is it about?

This article portraits a model of organizational acculturation that describes the emergence of acculturative and socialization stressors upon the encounter of different cultures when migrant workers enter organizations, while taking into account the perspective of persons already employed in those organizations. This model combines approaches of acculturation and socialization research. Intrapersonal and interpersonal coping-processes lead to successful adaptation of work migrants. Successful adaptation in turn has positive effects on further work-related outcomes.

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Why is it important?

Migration is increasing in Europe. The integration of work migrants and refugees is becoming a very relevant issue. Knowledge on acculturative and socialization stressors upon the encounter of different cultures is very relevant and helpful programs for their successful social and labour integration.


Writing this paper was a great pleasure because we gave us the possibility to share a new model of integration for work migrants that takes into account two major approaches and brings them together in one integrative model: acculturation and organizational socialization. This offers orientation for Human Resources when they have to integrate work migrants successfully in the organization.

Professor Rita Berger
Universitat de Barcelona

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This page is a summary of: Ein theoretisches Modell zur Integration von Arbeitsmigranten in Organisationen, Gruppe Interaktion Organisation Zeitschrift für Angewandte Organisationspsychologie (GIO), February 2017, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s11612-017-0355-9.
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