Is Migration Threatening Social Trust in Europe?

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Bergh considers the relationship between migration and interpersonal trust in the European Union. Interpersonal trust, Bergh avers, is an important foundation for a well-functioning society. The question is how interpersonal trust is affected by increased migration in countries with differing levels of trust. Bergh shows that migrants from low-trust countries who move to high-trust ones show higher trust than those who remain in the former lands. Their trust is lower, however, than that of persons who have always lived in countries with higher trust. Factors such as corruption and weakness in the rule of law cause damage to interpersonal trust, which is very difficult to repair. Bergh contends that the Union must act to strengthen the rule of law and combat economic and social inequality.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrust in the EU at Challenging Times
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary European Studies
EditorsAnna Michalski, Lars Oxelheim, Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Niklas Bremberg
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-73857-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-73856-7
StatePublished - 2018
Publication categoryPopular science