Gonnot, Jérôme (2020) The Evolution of First-Generation Immigrants' Political Preferences in Western Europe. TSE Working Paper, n. 20-1145, Toulouse

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This paper documents the evolution of a range of political preferences among first-generation immigrants
in Western Europe. The overall aim is to study to what extent and at what pace immigrants adapt to the
political norms that prevail in their host countries. I use a cross-national research strategy to compare and
analyze attitudes of foreign-born individuals in 16 European countries and nd strong empirical support for
assimilation over time: On average, the opinion gap between natives and immigrants' political preferences
on redistribution, gay rights, EU unification, immigration policies, and trust level in national governments
is reduced by 40% after 20 years of residence in the destination country. I also provide evidence that most
of this assimilation is driven by immigrants from non-developed countries, and that convergence in political
preferences varies significantly across immigrants' economic and cultural background as well as with the size
of the immigrant group from their country of origin. Finally, I show that a substantial part of assimilation on
gay rights, immigration and political trust is driven by acculturation at the national level where immigrants
with longer tenure tend to adapt more to the political preferences of natives in their destination country.
These findings shed new light on the timing and magnitude of the political assimilation of first-generation
immigrants, with potentially important implications for the political economy of immigration policy.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: September 2020
Place of Publication: Toulouse
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2020 12:12
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 13:38
OAI Identifier: oai:tse-fr.eu:124704
URI: https://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/41798
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