Political socialisation plays a crucial but complex role in determining how immigrants adjust to the political environment of their host country. This study examines the effects of initial political socialisation and resocialisation on immigrants’ electoral participation in Canada. It addresses three questions: To what extent does the outlooks that develop from earlier political experiences in the country of origin shape immigrants’ subsequent electoral participation in Canada? To what extent, and how, does subsequent experience with politics in Canada affect electoral participation? And finally, how does initial socialisation in the country of origin condition resocialisation in Canada? The results indicate that not only does resocialisation leave a unique and lasting imprint on immigrant electoral participation in the host country, but also that the nature of resocialisation process in the host country is conditioned by the distinctive political outlooks immigrants acquire under different political regimes in their respective countries of origin.

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Keywords Canada, Immigrants, Political, Socialisation, Voting
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/00323187.2017.1334509
Journal Political Science
Citation
White, S.E. (2017). Canadian immigrants at the polls: The effects of socialisation in the country of origin and resocialisation in Canada on electoral participation. Political Science, 69(2), 101–121. doi:10.1080/00323187.2017.1334509