Socialisation disrupted: the intergenerational transmission of political engagement in immigrant familiesISER Internal Seminars

Using a longitudinal household survey in the UK, this paper combines self-reports of the political engagement of immigrant parents and their UK raised children to examine the political socialisation process in immigrant families. We find that international migration disrupts the transmission of political engagement in immigrant families: associations between voting, political interest, and parent and child socioeconomic status are weaker in immigrant families than in families without a migration background in the UK. The voting behaviour of immigrants and their children in particular are only partially explained by both standard and minority-specific models of political socialisation. In contrast, characteristics specific to the international migration process, including sending country experiences, characteristics of the migration journey, and the pathway to citizenship are critical determinants of voting for immigrant parents, and through political socialisation, for their UK raised children as well.

Presented by:

Prof. Renee Luthra (internal seminar ISER), joint work with Magda Borkowska (ISER)

Date & time:

18 Jan 2023 12:30 pm - 18 Jan 2023 13:30 pm


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