MARRIAGE between people of different backgrounds is one of the best barometers of social integration, especially for migrants. Few things say that someone born abroad is becoming part of his or her adopted country than marrying a local. Unfortunately, getting good figures on “mixed marriages” is hard. Marriage licences and censuses contain all sorts of information, but not all of it useful. All the more reason, then, to welcomea new study on mixed marriages in Europe by Giampaolo Lanzieri.
Mr Lanzieri, who works at Eurostat, the European Commission’s statistical body, is one of the most careful students of social trends around.