Interethnic trust asymmetries and the integration of immigrants

Period: 04/2019-03/2022 (36 months)

Funding institution: German Research Foundation (DFG),

Applicant and principal investigator: Conrad Ziller

Student assistants: Katalin Partos, Katharina Schück

Collaborators: Boris Heizmann (GESIS, co-author project-related paper)

Related publications

Ziller, C. and Heizmann, B. (forthcoming): Economic Conditions and Native-Immigrant Asymmetries in Generalized Social Trust. Social Science Research. [Link]

Ziller, C. (2017): Equal Treatment Regulations and Ethnic Minority Social Trust. European Sociological Review 33 (4): 563-575. [Link]


Generalized social trust is a central research topic in the social sciences, not least because it is associated with a number of positive societal outcomes. Immigrants and members of ethnic minorities typically hold lower levels of social trust than majority members because they possess fewer socioeconomic resources, on average, and have a higher risk of being discriminated against. Previous research on group-related trust differences has largely focused on individual factors as explanatory factors. Topics related to contextual conditions as well as the implications of group-related trust differences for immigrant integration have not been systematically addressed so far. The proposed project examines immigrants’ social trust in Europe and particularly focuses on group-related trust differences between the majority populations and immigrants, i.e., interethnic trust asymmetries. Specifically, the projectfollowing addressed the following two research questions: 1. To what extent affect economic conditions and residential ethnic segregation interethnic trust differences? 2. How do interethnic trust asymmetries affect integration outcomes of immigrants and intergroup relations?