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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.

Interdisciplinary European Studies

The European Union and the Return of the Nation State

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This book explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between the European Union and its member states. The recent surge in tension in this relationship has been prompted by the actions of some member state governments as they question fundamental EU values and principles and refuse to implement common decisions seemingly on the basis of narrowly defined national interests.

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