English title: Civic Participation of Immigrants in Europe: Assimilation, Origin and Destination Country Effects

Author(s): Mariya Aleksynska -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2011

Abstract

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.

Volume: 27

Issue: 3

From page no: 566

To page no: 585

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1016/J.EJPOLECO.2010.12.004

Journal: European Journal of Political Economy

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