Studium Generale: Citizenship and Immigrant Integration – Reward or Incentive?

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Date(s) - 22/03/17
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Student Services Centre, Karl Dittrich Hall


Lecture held by Prof. Maarten Vink.

Can citizenship provide a boost to immigrant integration and, if so, how? In this lecture we discuss the controversial and complex relation between the naturalization of immigrants and their integration within the host society. This relationship is ideologically controversial because some politicians view citizenship as a reward for being a well-integrated immigrant, whereas others see the promise of full membership of the new country of residence and the entitlement to all the rights attached to it as a major incentive for the process of integration. It is also scientifically complex to investigate this question because it is often unclear whether citizenship leads to better integration of immigrants or, vice versa, whether immigrants who are already better integrated are just more likely to naturalize. We discuss key concepts and theories, some comparative facts about citizenship policies in Europe, and findings from ongoing research.

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