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Are Muslim Immigrants Different in Terms of Cultural Integration?

  • Bisin, Alberto

    ()

    (New York University)

  • Patacchini, Eleonora

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    (Cornell University)

  • Verdier, Thierry

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    (Paris School of Economics)

  • Zenou, Yves

    ()

    (Stockholm University)

Using the UK Fourth National Survey of Ethnic Minorities, we explore the determinants of religious identity for Muslims and non-Muslims. We find that Muslims integrate less and more slowly than non-Muslims. A Muslim born in the UK and having spent there more than 50 years shows a comparable level of probability of having a strong religious identity than a non-Muslim just arrived in the country. Furthermore, Muslims seem to follow a different integration pattern than other ethnic and religious minorities. Specifically, high levels of income as well as high on-the-job qualifications increase the Muslims’ sense of identity. We also find no evidence that segregated neighborhoods breed intense religious and cultural identities for ethnic minorities, especially for Muslims. This result casts doubts on the foundations of the integration policies in Europe.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Publication status: published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2008, 6 (2-3), 445 - 456
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3006
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  1. Amelie Constant & Liliya Gataullina & Klaus F. Zimmermann & Laura Zimmermann, 2006. "Clash of Cultures: Muslims and Christians in the Ethnosizing Process," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 628, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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