Host country patriotism among European immigrants: A comparative study into its individual and societal roots

T. Reeskens, M. Wright

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Abstract

While research has traditionally focused on first- and second-generation immigrants' socio-economic incorporation and to a lesser extent on their cultural and political integration, we analyse their affective attachment to the host country. Specifically, we assess: (1) the extent to which immigrants appear more or less ‘patriotic’ than non-immigrants; (2) what individual-level characteristics lead immigrants to greater (or lesser) attachment and; (3) whether cross-national differences in affective feelings towards the host country can be explained by relevant contextual characteristics. Analysing the 2008 wave of the European Values Study, we arrive at the conclusion that immigrants are not disaffected in terms of national pride, and that their own attachment is largely a function of the community in which they find themselves.
Keywords: patriotism, national identity, immigrants, cross-national comparison, countries of destination, European Values Study
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2493-2511
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Volume37
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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