Migration Observatory Seminar – Cevat Aksoy (King’s College London), 19th September 2023 at 12:00 – 13.15 (CET)

Cevat Aksoy (King’s College London) on Corruption Exposure, Political Trust, and Immigrants”,  jointly organised by Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano and Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, 19th September 2023 from 12:00 to 13.15 (CET) at Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin.


Using large-scale survey data covering 38 countries and exploiting origin-country variation across cohorts and surveys, we show that immigrants exposed to institutional corruption before migrating exhibit higher levels of political trust in their new country. Higher trust is observed for national political institutions only and does not carry over to other supra-national institutions and individuals. We report evidence that higher levels of political trust among immigrants persist, leading to greater electoral participation and political engagement in the long run. The impact of home-country corruption on political trust in the destination country is further amplified by large differences in income and democracy levels between the two countries. However, the effect is lessened by exposure to media providing independent information about institutional performance in the destination country. Finally, our extensive analyses indicate that self-election into host countries based on trust is highly unlikely and the results also hold when focusing only on forced migrants who were unlikely to have been subject to selection.