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Span J Psychol. 2012 Nov;15(3):1201-9.

Social integration of Latin-American immigrants in Spain: the influence of the community context.

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Universidad de Oviedo, Despacho 219, Plaza Feijoo s/n 33001 - Oviedo, Spain.


The main goal of this study is to analyze the degree to which several community elements such as insecurity, discrimination and informal community support might have an influence on the social integration of Latin-American immigrants, a group at risk of social exclusion in Spain. Multivariate linear regression analyses results showed that informal community support is positively related to social integration whereas insecurity is negatively related. The statistical relationship between discrimination and social integration disappears once levels of informal community support are taken into account. A better understanding of the factors that either promote or inhibit the social integration progress of immigrant population is important to orientate public policies and intervention programs that contribute to the adaptation of this population to the host society.

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