Immigrants Recognize American Greatness: Immigrants and Their Descendants Are Patriotic and Trust America’s Governing Institutions

12 Pages Posted: 29 May 2019

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Alex Nowrasteh

Cato Institute - Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

Andrew Forrester

Cato Institute - Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

Date Written: February 4, 2019

Abstract

The assimilation and integration of immigrants and their children into American society is vital to the future success of the United States of America. Learning English and adopting American social values are important components of assimilation and integration into our society, but patriotism and confidence in American institutions are also critical. Despite the importance of this issue, there is relatively little research on how well immigrants and their children patriotically assimilate. Based on their responses to the General Social Survey, we found that immigrants and their children have levels of patriotism that are about the same as those of native-born Americans or that exceed them. Additionally, immigrants and their descendants have more trust in the three branches of American government than do native-born Americans. Immigrants bolster patriotism and national trust in American government institutions.

Keywords: patriotism, patriotic, immigrants, patriotic assimilation, trust

JEL Classification: J15, J61, K37

Suggested Citation

Nowrasteh, Alex and Forrester, Andrew, Immigrants Recognize American Greatness: Immigrants and Their Descendants Are Patriotic and Trust America’s Governing Institutions (February 4, 2019). Cato Institute Immigration Research and Policy Brief No. 10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3382348

Alex Nowrasteh (Contact Author)

Cato Institute - Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity ( email )

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Andrew Forrester

Cato Institute - Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity ( email )

1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States

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