Macimide Research Fellow Floris Peters and Co-Director Maarten Vink receive APSA Best Chapter Award

Floris Peters and Maarten Vink receive APSA Best Chapter Award

The migration and citizenship section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) has awarded the ‘2016 Best Chapter Award’ to a book chapter by Floris Peters and Maarten Vink.

The chapter, titled ‘Naturalization and the Socio-Economic Integration of Immigrants: a Life-Course Perspective’, published in the Handbook on Migration and Social Policy, edited by G.P. Freeman and N. Mirilovic (Edward Elgar, 2016) received the award based on its valuable contribution to the migration and citizenship literature. 

In the chapter, the authors discuss the literature on immigrant naturalization and its associated outcomes, and identify substantial empirical ambiguity. The chapter then develops a novel theoretical approach that draws on the sociological life course paradigm, whose concepts and principles provide a useful starting point to explain heterogeneous findings in the literature.

 A paper published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies in 2016 by Floris and Maarten, co-authored with Hans Schmeets, recently also received an honorable mention for the Best Article Award, by a different committee of the APSA migration and citizenship section   

Floris Peters is currently completing his PhD dissertation on immigrant naturalization and socio-economic integration. His doctoral research is financed by the Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE) and Statistics Netherlands. Maarten Vink directs the ERC-funded project ‘Migrant Life Course and Legal Status Transitions’. For more information about the MiLifeStatus project, see