Muslim Integration into Western Cultures: Between Origins and Destinations

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Title: Muslim Integration into Western Cultures: Between Origins and Destinations
Author: Inglehart, Ronald; Norris, Pippa

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Citation: Inglehart, Ronald, and Pippa Norris. 2009. Muslim Integration into Western Cultures: Between Origins and Destinations. HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP09-007, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
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Abstract: To what extent do migrants carry their culture with them, and to what extent do they acquire the culture of their new home? The answer not only has important political implications; it also helps us understand the extent to which basic cultural values are enduring or malleable; and whether cultural values are traits of individuals or are attributes of a given society. Part I considers theories about the impact of growing social diversity in Western nations. We classify two categories of society: ORIGINS (defined as Islamic Countries of Origin for Muslim migrants, including twenty nations with plurality Muslim populations) and DESTINATIONS (defined as Western Countries of Destination for Muslim migrants, including twenty-two OECD member states with Protestant or Roman Catholic majority populations). Using this framework, we demonstrate that on average, the basic social values of Muslim migrants fall roughly mid-way between those prevailing in their country of origin and their country of destination. We conclude that Muslim migrants do not move to Western countries with rigidly fixed attitudes; instead, they gradually absorb much of the host culture, as assimilation theories suggest.
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