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From Aliens to Citizens: The Political Incorporation of Immigrants

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  • Bevelander, Pieter

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    (Malmö University)

  • Spång, Mikael

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    (Malmö University)

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    This is a draft chapter for the Handbook on Economics of International Migration (Eds. B. R. Chiswick and P. W. Miller) and deals with the political incorporation of immigrants in host societies. Political incorporation is discussed with regard to the regulation of legal status, rights, opportunities, and acquisition of citizenship. We give examples of the legal regulation and policies from several countries in the world, showing thereby the diversity of approaches to political incorporation but also similarities to the regulation of access to residence, rights, and citizenship. We highlight changes in this regard since the Second World War and discuss more recent trends. Moreover, we discuss different factors explaining the variation in incorporation policies. Also, this chapter traces different dimensions of political participation of immigrants, and, finally, we address the expected effects on wider integration of citizenship acquisition.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7920.

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    Length: 61 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2014
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    Publication status: forthcoming in: Chiswick, B.R. and P.W. Miller (Eds.), Handbook of the Economics of International Migration, Vol. 1
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    Keywords: political participation; minorities; immigration; political incorporation; naturalization; citizenship; non-citizens; rights;

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    1. Vincent Corluy & Ive Marx & Gerlinde Verbist, 2011. "Employment chances and changes of immigrants in Belgium: the impact of citizenship," Working Papers 1107, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp.
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    6. Aysegul KAYAOGLU & Ayhan KAYA, 2011. "Is National Citizenship Withering Away? : Social Affiliations and Labor Market Integration of Turkish Origin Immigrants in Germany and France," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2011033, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
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