Integration of Immigrants, Bridging Social Capital, Ethnicity, and Locality

26 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2015

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Vassilis Tselios

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Economics; Newcastle University - Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Inge Noback

Utrecht University - Department of Economic Geography

Jouke van Dijk

University of Groningen - Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Philip McCann

University of Waikato - Population Studies Centre

Date Written: June 2015

Abstract

This paper analyses a uniquely detailed data set of social integration characteristics of immigrants belonging to four non‐native ethnic groups (i.e., Turks, Moroccans, Surinamese, and Antilleans) living in Dutch neighborhoods. It is well known that an individual's level of social integration is related to the ethnic composition and economic development of an immigrant's residential locality, as well as the generation of the immigrant. Yet, what is not known is whether the social and economic characteristics of adjacent or neighboring localities also influence an individual's level of social integration. Using a multilevel hierarchical analysis with spatial interaction effects, we examine the extent to which four social integration aspects of the bridging social capital of these immigrant groups are related to their ethnicity, their generation, their immediate locality, and the effects of the neighboring localities. Our findings regarding the effects of the ethnic concentration and economic development of the immediate locality along with the immigrant's generation broadly concur with existing studies. At the same time, however, we also find that the features of neighboring localities exert an additional influence on an individual's social integration over and above those related to the immigrant's generation and immediate locality. These additional spatial spillover effects are broadly in line with those associated with the immediate locality, but they are also sensitive to particular proxies for social integration which are employed. These spatial spillover effects on social capital and social integration have not been observed before.

Suggested Citation

Tselios, Vassilis and Noback, Inge and van Dijk, Jouke and McCann, Philip, Integration of Immigrants, Bridging Social Capital, Ethnicity, and Locality (June 2015). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 55, Issue 3, pp. 416-441, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2616541 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jors.12160

Vassilis Tselios (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Economics ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Newcastle University - Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Newcastle NE1 7RU
United Kingdom

Inge Noback

Utrecht University - Department of Economic Geography ( email )

Heidelberglaan 2
Utrecht
Netherlands

Jouke Van Dijk

University of Groningen - Faculty of Spatial Sciences ( email )

P.O. Box 800
9700 AV
Groningen, 9747
Netherlands
+ 31 50 363 3765 (Phone)
+31 50 363 3901 (Fax)

Philip McCann

University of Waikato - Population Studies Centre ( email )

Hamilton
New Zealand

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