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Assimilation and Integration of Immigrants in Europe

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  • Aleksynska, Mariya

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    (ILO International Labour Organization)

  • Algan, Yann

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    (Sciences Po, Paris)

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This paper documents assimilation of immigrants in European destinations along cultural, civic, and economic dimensions, distinguishing by immigrants' generation, duration of stay, and origin. Based on the European Social Survey, it suggests that assimilation may have multiple facets, and take place at different speed depending on the outcome in question. While assimilation along some economic and cultural outcomes may be correlated, such correlations are not systematic, and imply that progress on some dimensions may compensate the lack of progress on other dimensions; and also that a big discrepancy in one dimension is not necessarily a handicap, or an impediment, for assimilation on other grounds. Correlation of immigrants' outcomes and specific policies aimed at immigrants' integration are rather disparate, raising further questions regarding both their effectiveness and differentiated effect on various aspects of life.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5185.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2010
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5185

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Keywords: assimilation; integration; migration policies; Europe;

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  1. de Palo, Domenico & Faini, Riccardo & Venturini, Alessandra, 2006. "The Social Assimilation of Immigrants," CEPR Discussion Papers 5992, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Constant, Amelie F. & Gataullina, Liliya & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2006. "Ethnosizing Immigrants," IZA Discussion Papers 2040, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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Cited by:
  1. Claudi Diehl & Matthias Koenig, 2013. "God Can Wait – New migrants in Germany between early adaptation and religious re-organisation," Norface Discussion Paper Series 2013004, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.
  2. Sari Pekkala Kerr & William R. Kerr, 2011. "Economic Impacts of Immigration: A Survey," NBER Working Papers 16736, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. HILDEBRAND Vincent & PI ALPERIN Maria Noel & VAN KERM Philippe, 2012. "Measuring and accounting for the deprivation gap of Portuguese immigrants in Luxembourg," CEPS/INSTEAD Working Paper Series 2012-33, CEPS/INSTEAD.
  4. Teresa Garcia-Muñoz & Shoshana Neuman, 2013. "Bridges or buffers? Motives behind Immigrants’ Religiosity," IZA Journal of Migration, Springer, vol. 2(1), pages 1-23, December.

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