English title: What Determines the Trust of Immigrants in Criminal Justice Institutions in Europe?

Author(s): Antje Röder - Peter Mühlau -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2012


This study examines whether the confidence of immigrants in European countries in criminal justice institutions can be explained by two counteracting processes: expectations formed in the country of origin and discrimination experienced in the residence country. The study draws on the pooled waves of the European Social Survey (2002–8), comparing first- and secondgeneration immigrants from 66 countries of origin with natives in 21 residence countries. Multilevel regressions are employed to examine the relationship between confidence in institutions and proxy variables for the processes under study. The data strongly support the hypothesis that the high confidence of first-generation immigrants can be explained by frames of reference formed in the country of origin. Some, but limited, support is also found for the impact of discrimination.

Volume: 9

Issue: 4

From page no: 370

To page no: 387

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/1477370812447265

Journal: European Journal of Criminology

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