25/11/2015: Migration Seminar “Obstacles to naturalization in the Netherlands: a case study of ‘Ranov Licensees'” by Djamila Schans
Obstacles to naturalization in the Netherlands: a case study of ‘Ranov Licensees
by Dr. Djamila Schans (WODC, Ministry of Security and Justice)
Abstract: In 2007, almost 28 000 asylum seekers received a residence permit on the basis of an amnesty (generaal pardon). Of the persons covered by the amnesty, almost 30 percent has applied for and received Dutch citizenship by 2015. This percentage is below what is expected based on the literature. Previous studies show a high inclination to naturalize among former refugees. This study concerns the motives of so-called ‘Ranov Licensees’ whether or not to submit a request for naturalization and the possible obstacles they encounter in the process. The basis of the study consists of background data on 24 899 Ranov Licensees, survey data from 419 respondents, and semi-structured interviews with 15 informants. Results show that the desire to naturalize is very high. Obstacles to naturalization do exist. Not being in possession of the necessary identity documents to submit a request for naturalization is by far the main obstacle.