Generalised trust promotes social interactions and may well be a crucial component of immigrant integration. Recent immigrants in particular are likely to be viewed by themselves and others as ‘outsiders’ who are unfamiliar with the expectations and norms that structure day-to-day social interactions in the host country. This study relies on a unique combination of three sources of data all derived from World Values Surveys to examine levels of trust, and its sources, among newcomers in one country with a large immigrant population, Canada. The evidence indicates that recent immigrants to Canada make a clear distinction between trust in other people in general, and trust in Canadians in particular: the former is grounded in pre-migration cultural influences, while the latter is grounded in immigrants’ experiences in the new host country. Moreover, the evidence suggests trust in Canadians is a crucial component of immigrant integration.

Canada, Immigrants, integration, political socialisation, trust
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Department of Political Science

Bilodeau, A. (Antoine), & White, S.E. (2016). Trust among recent immigrants in Canada: levels, roots and implications for immigrant integration. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42(8), 1317–1333. doi:10.1080/1369183X.2015.1093411