Joint UNU-MERIT/Maastricht Graduate School of Governance Seminar: “Do Liberal Citizenship Policies Decrease the Citizenship Premium? Assessing the Relation between Naturalization and Employment among Male Immigrants in 16 European Destination Countries?”
In this seminar, Profs. Maarten Vink and Jaap Dronkers (Maastricht University) will discuss research which assesses the claim that making citizenship available to immigrants relatively easily defeats the purpose of using naturalization as a tool to further integration. The research, which analysed the relation between naturalization and employment among male immigrants in 16 European countries, found a positive relationship between citizenship and the probability of employment — though only if migrants originate from less-developed countries or migrated for non-economic reasons. For these immigrants, it was found that this “citizenship premium” is significantly stronger in countries where the conditions and procedures to acquire citizenship are less demanding.
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Maarten Vink is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Maastricht University. He is Co-Director of the Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development.
Jaap Dronkers is Professor in international comparative research on educational performance and social inequality at Maastricht University, and academic partner of Centraal Planbureau.