Socio-cultural integration of first generation immigrants in Greece

Authors

  • Konstantinos Terzakis Regional Decentralized Administration of Peloponnese, Western Greece & Ionion, Directorate of Foreigners and Immigration, Department of Residence Permissions of Argolida, and Department of Economics, University of Peloponnese
  • Irene Daskalopoulou University of Peloponnese https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7164-1532

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v18i6.948

Keywords:

Cultural participation, immigrants, integration, Greece

Abstract

We analyze the socio-cultural integration (SCI) of first generation immigrants as the outcome of economic integration and regularization. We focus on Greece for which similar evidence do not exist and report SCI levels and the factors that are conducive to them. We construct a simple socio-cultural integration index and analyze its variation against pre and post migration factors, using a sample of 200 first generation immigrants in Greece. Robust empirical estimation techniques are applied. Results reveal interesting findings with regard to immigrants’ types of adaptation to the host community. On a zero to ten scale, average SCI levels are estimated at 5.7  (± 2.5) which is high in absolute terms but low in terms of the degree (type) of integration. After controlling for the socio-demographic profile of the respondents, naturalization and their time living in Greece, we find that education and employment status are the most important determinants of socio-cultural integration.

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Author Biography

Irene Daskalopoulou, University of Peloponnese

Associate Professor, Department of Economics

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2021-11-30

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Terzakis, K., & Daskalopoulou, I. (2021). Socio-cultural integration of first generation immigrants in Greece. Migration Letters, 18(6), 649 –. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v18i6.948

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