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Cultural Integration in Sweden

Lena Nekby

in Cultural Integration of Immigrants in Europe

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660094
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660094.003.0006

Series: Studies of Policy Reform


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The cultural integration of immigrants and natives in Sweden is analysed in this study using nine measures of culture: within region gender gaps in education, marriage to a foreign born, marriage to a co-national, young marriage, cohabitation, divorce, partner age gaps, female employment, and female education. Results indicate that a process of cultural integration between immigrants and natives is occurring as initial differences between first-generation immigrants and natives on all cultural indicators are, with few exceptions, smaller or non-existent for second-generation immigrants. The relatively few deviations from this pattern found for some immigrant groups, concerning primarily marriage and cohabitation, are contingent on the selected sample of second-generation immigrants with parents from the same country of origin. When estimation includes the majority of second-generation immigrants with mixed backgrounds, a process of cultural integration is found for all groups and all measures.

Keywords: cultural integration; Sweden; immigrants; natives; marriage; cohabitation; female employment; divorce

Chapter.  11803 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics ; International Economics

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