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Long-Term Heterogeneity in Immigrant Naturalization: The Conditional Relevance of Civic Integration and Dual Citizenship
European Univ, Robert Schuman Ctr Adv Studies, I-50133 Florence, Italy..ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7143-4859
Lund Univ, Dept Econ Hist, S-22007 Lund, Sweden..
Maastricht Univ, Dept Polit Sci, NL-6200 MD Maastricht, Netherlands..
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM).
2021 (English)In: European Sociological Review, ISSN 0266-7215, E-ISSN 1468-2672, Vol. 37, no 5, p. 751-765Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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What are the long-term differences in the propensity of immigrants to acquire destination country citizenship under different institutional contexts and how do these vary between migrant groups? This article draws on micro-level longitudinal data from administrative registers in Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden-three countries with widely different and changing requirements for the acquisition of citizenship-to track the naturalization propensity of eight complete migrant cohorts (1994-2001) up to 21 years after migration. We find that after two decades in the destination country, cumulative naturalization rates vary remarkably with over 80 per cent of migrants in Sweden, two-thirds in the Netherlands, and only around a third in Denmark having acquired citizenship. We observe lower rates and delayed naturalization for migrants, especially among those with lower levels of education, after language requirements and integration tests were introduced in Denmark and the Netherlands. Dual citizenship acceptance in the Netherlands and Sweden, by contrast, is associated with durably higher citizenship acquisition rates, especially, among migrants from EU and highly developed countries. These findings highlight the long-term but conditional relevance of citizenship policy for immigrant naturalization.

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Oxford University Press, 2021. Vol. 37, no 5, p. 751-765
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-50016DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcaa068ISI: 000743698600004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85137549778OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-50016DiVA, id: diva2:1636067
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