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Immigrants’ Tolerance and Integration into Society

Niclas Berggren (), Martin Ljunge and Therese Nilsson ()

No 1447, Working Paper Series from Research Institute of Industrial Economics

Abstract: We highlight a new factor behind integration: tolerance in the immigrants’ background culture. We hypothesize that it is easier to partake of economic, civic-political, and social life in a new country for a person stemming from a culture that embodies tolerance towards people who are different. We test this by applying the epidemiological method, using a tolerance index based on two indicators from the World Values Survey – the share that thinks it important to teach children tolerance and the share that considers homosexuality justified – as our main independent variable. Our outcomes are indices of individual-level economic, civic-political, and cultural integration outcomes for immigrants of the second generation with data from the European Social Survey. The results indicate that tolerance in the background culture is a robust predictor of integration among children of immigrants in European societies.

Keywords: Tolerance; Culture; Immigration; Integration; Values (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 F66 J15 Z13 Z18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 55 pages
Date: 2022-12-09
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