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Civic participation of immigrants in Europe: Assimilation, origin, and destination country effects

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  • Aleksynska, Mariya

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This paper analyses civic participation of immigrants in Europe. It documents that immigrants do actively participate in the life of the receiving societies, increasingly so with the duration of stay, but that the speed of assimilation is different for different immigrant groups. All but Muslim immigrants respond positively to the participation culture at destination; while for Muslim immigrants, origin culture is a relatively persistent determinant of participation. Civic participation is affected by conflicts at the time of migration, through immigrants' self-selection and migration irreversibility. However, civic participation is not related to current upheavals in origin countries. Destination country opportunity structures and policies aimed at immigrant political incorporation are positively associated with immigrants' civic participation.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Journal of Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 27 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 566-585

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Handle: RePEc:eee:poleco:v:27:y:2011:i:3:p:566-585

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Keywords: Immigration Civic participation Social assimilation Culture transmission Origin and destination effects;

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