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Immigrants' membership in civic associations: why are some immigrants more active than others

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Voicu, Malina; Rusu, Ioana Alexandra

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Abstract This study focuses on the level of membership in associations of the migrant population in Spain. Three types of civic engagement are considered: participation in all types of civic associations, in associations for immigrants and in non-immigrant associations. The article investigates whether immigrants coming from countries with higher levels of civic participation are more likely to participate in civic associations and if immigrants who have lived longer in and stayed in closer contact with a home country with a higher level of civic participation are more likely to join civic associations. Data used come from the Spanish National Immigrant Survey (2007) and the World Values Survey (2000, 2005). The results of multilevel logistic regressions show that immigrants who have spent more time in a more participatory context at origin and who are in closer contact with these societies are more likely to get involved in civic associations at destination. (author's abstract)
Keywords Spain; organizations; interest group; club; immigration; migrant; membership; socialization; social integration; ethnic origin; citizens' participation; country of origin; citizens' involvement
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration
Method quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 788-806
Journal International Sociology, 27 (2012) 6
ISSN 0268-5809
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.