Social integration is the process of integrating a minority social
group – in this case a national minority – into the main part of society,
and consequently adapting and harmonising the various elements relating
to the sphere of norms and values accepted in a given social community.
Such a process does not necessarily mean abandoning one’s former
cultural and national identity, but requires the goodwill of the integrating
communities and usually implies that the assimilated minority has
to renounce at least part of its former identity (cultural patterns, values,
norms, customs, etc.).