Is there a difference in habitualised Internet use between migrants and non migrants, once statistical controls taken into account?
Based on representative data from the European Social Survey 2003 in countries with strong Internet developement there is no difference between migrants & non-migrants. In countries with many young migrants there is a significant higher rate of users among migrants.
A detailed multivariate analysis at the country level shows that in all of the European countries studied age, educational attainment, income but not gender influence the domestication of the Internet. Another important, positive influences is bridging social capital (associations), but less bonding capital (strong links with friends, in Nordic countries).
Social, interpersonal trust (in countries except Nordic welfare regimes) and trust in institutions (in other welfare regimes) increases the odds of regularly using the Internet.
Welfare regime allows to group countries together.