Religious immigrants participate more often in voluntary work

Immigrants earn significantly less than NorwegiansOSLO.Immigrants.Photo: Morten Holm / Scanpix

Religiously active immigrants more often do volunteer work and have more confidence in other people than less religiously active immigrants, according to Statistics Norway.

Although immigrants rarely participate in voluntary work, immigrants who are engaged in voluntary work spend more hours on such work than other volunteers, according to a new report from Statistics Norway. These participate more often in religious associations than what is usual in the population, but also within secular associations, 13 per cent of immigrants have done voluntary work in the past year.

The proportion varies somewhat between the faiths, but according to Statistics Norway, Christian immigrants are least involved (9 percent). They are far less likely to volunteer for secular associations than Muslims.

But the more often the individual participates in religious meetings, the more frequently she or he participates in voluntary work for secular associations, according to Statistics Norway.

Statistics Norway has also looked at the connection between religious activity and trust.

There is a slight positive correlation between trust and religious activity. According to Statistics Norway, this means that the more immigrants participate in religious meetings, the more trusting they are.

But immigrants, according to Statistics Norway, generally have less trust in others than is usual in the population as a whole. 22 percent of immigrants in general have little confidence in their fellow human beings, while the same applies for only 6 percent of the general population.

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