Region of Origin or Religion? Understanding Why Immigrants from Muslim-Majority Countries are Discriminated Against in Western Europe

30 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2013

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Claire L. Adida

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

David Laitin

Stanford University - Department of Political Science; Stanford Immigration Policy Lab

Marie‐Anne Valfort

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Date Written: September 11, 2013

Abstract

There is widespread evidence that immigrants from Muslim-majority countries are discriminated against in Western Europe, relative to immigrants from European Christian-majority countries. Yet, it is not clear whether this discrimination is based on religion (Muslim), region of origin (since the bulk of Muslim-majority countries are located in regions outside Europe), or both. Relying on European Social Survey data and an identification strategy that seeks to separate religion from region of origin, our findings indicate that religion rather than region of origin explains such discrimination.

Suggested Citation

Adida, Claire L. and Laitin, David and Valfort, Marie-Anne, Region of Origin or Religion? Understanding Why Immigrants from Muslim-Majority Countries are Discriminated Against in Western Europe (September 11, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2324280 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2324280

Claire L. Adida

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

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David Laitin

Stanford University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Stanford Immigration Policy Lab

30 Alta Road
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Marie-Anne Valfort (Contact Author)

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne ( email )

17, rue de la Sorbonne
Paris, IL 75005
France

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