2006–2010

Are Muslim Immigrants Different in Terms of Cultural Integration?

Reprint No. 2008:13

Author(s): Alberto Bisin, Eleonora Patacchini, Thierry Verdier and Yves ZenouYear: 2008 Title: Journal of the European Economic Association Volume (No.): 6 (2-3) Pages: 445–456


Using the UK Fourth National Survey of Ethnic Minorities, we document differences in integration patterns between Muslims and non-Muslims. We find that Muslims integrate less and more slowly than non-Muslims. In terms of estimated probability of having a strong religious identity, a Muslim born in the UK and having spent there more than 30 years is comparable with a non-Muslim just arrived in the country. Moreover, higher levels of income as well as higher on-the-job qualifications seem to be associated with a stronger religious identity for Muslim immigrants only. Finally, we find no evidence that segregated neighborhoods breed intense religious and cultural identities for ethnic minorities, in general, and, in particular, for Muslims.


Reference:
Bisin, Alberto, Eleonora Patacchini, Thierry Verdier and Yves Zenou (2008), "Are Muslim Immigrants Different in Terms of Cultural Integration?". Journal of the European Economic Association 6(2-3), 445–456.

Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

An Overall Perspective

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Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, edited by Lars Calmfors, IFN, and Nora Sánchez Gassen in cooperation with researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. 

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