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‘How Settlement Locations and Local Networks Influence Immigrant Political Integration’ – Henning Finseraas (Oslo)

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Henning Finseraas (Oslo) will deliver a talk for NICEP on Thursday 4th October at LG101 in the Trent Building on University Park Campus, University of Nottingham.

How Settlement Locations and Local Networks Influence Immigrant Political Integration

Abstract

To what extent do early experiences in the host country shape the political integration of immigrants? We argue that the initial neighborhoods immigrants settle in establish patterns of behavior that shape downstream political participation. Drawing on Norwegian administrative register data, we leverage quasi-exogenous variation in the placement of quota refugees to assess the consequences of assignment to particular neighborhoods. We find that the difference in electoral turnout between refugees initially placed in 20th and 80th percentile neighborhoods is 12.6 percentage points, which is 47 percent of the observed gap between refugees and residents. To assess the mechanism, we draw on individual-level data on all neighbors present at the time of each refugees’ arrival, and evaluate the relative impact of local socioeconomic characteristics and available social networks. Our findings suggest that while neighborhood socioeconomic factors play a limited role, early exposure to politically engaged peer networks increases immigrants’ subsequent electoral participation.

 

Date/Time
Date(s) - 04 Oct 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location
LG101, The Trent Building