Migration, Friendship Ties, and Cultural Assimilation

38 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2014

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Giovanni Facchini

University of Nottingham

Eleonora Patacchini

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Max Friedrich Steinhardt

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centro Studi Luca D'Agliano (LdA); Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI)

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Date Written: June 2014

Abstract

In this paper we contribute to the analysis of the assimilation process of migrants by analyzing the extent to which friendship with natives can be seen as a measure of cultural assimilation and investigating the formation of social ties in the host country. Using novel information from the German Socio-Economic Panel, we find that migrants with a German friend are more similar to natives than those without a local companion along several important dimensions, including concerns about the economy, interest in politics and broad policy issues like the environment, crime, and xenophobia. When looking at the determinants of friendship acquisition, we find that becoming employed is a significant driver of social network variation. Other factors affecting ties with the native population include the number of years the migrant has spent in the country, the birth of a child, residential mobility and additional education in the host country.

Keywords: Culture, Ethnic minorities, Friendship Formation, Migration

JEL Classification: A14, J15, J61

Suggested Citation

Facchini, Giovanni and Patacchini, Eleonora and Steinhardt, Max Friedrich, Migration, Friendship Ties, and Cultural Assimilation (June 2014). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10032, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2501504

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