Maarten Vink gives public lecture at Malmö City Library, on 23 November

Professor of Political Science Maarten Vink will give a public lecture at the municipal public library in Malmö, Sweden, on 23 November 2017. He will talk about his five-year research project MiLifeStatus, which investigates the relation between migrant naturalisation and integration.

In the lecture, Vink will discuss the controversial and complex relation between the naturalisation of immigrants and their integration within the host society.

This relation is controversial as some politicians view citizenship as a reward for being a well-integrated immigrant, whereas others see it as an incentive to reach this goal. Also from a scientific point of view this relation is complex; it is often unclear whether citizenship leads to better integration of immigrants or, vice versa, whether immigrants who are better integrated are just more likely to naturalize.

Maarten Vink is currently spending several months in Malmö, where he has been appointed as Willy Brandt Guest Professor at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) at Malmö University. There, he collaborates with colleagues on comparative analyses in the context of his ERC-project Migrant Life Course and Legal Status Transition (MiLifeStatus), present first research results, and give a number of guest lectures.

MiLifeStatus studies the relationship between migrant naturalisation and integration in a longitudinal and comparative manner, in six European and two North-American countries. The central idea of the research is to model migrants’ legal status transitions as life course events, which are shaped by their origin, family context, and societal structures and institutions. MiLifeStatus analyses why, how, and for whom legal status transitions matter and how variation in policies between countries impacts on this relation.

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