MiLifeStatus team welcomes two junior visiting research fellows

The MiLifeStatus team welcomes two junior visiting research fellows. Lillian Frost is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at George Washington University (GWU), with primary research interests in forced migration, citizenship, and Middle East politics.
Samuel David Schmid is a PhD researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Lillian Frost is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at George Washington University (GWU), with primary research interests in forced migration, citizenship, and Middle East politics. Her dissertation project aims to explain variations in the sets of rights and forms of citizenship statuses host states offer to different protracted refugee groups over time, including shifts in formal laws as well as their informal enforcement. Protracted refugees are designated by the United Nations as groups of 25,000 or more refugees with the same nationality living in the same host country for at least five years.

During her three months research stay, she will focus on writing and presenting dissertation chapters under the supervision of Prof. Maarten Vink. In doing so, she will assess the similarities and differences in the logic and consequences of citizenship policies in Europe compared to those in less democratic contexts, pulling from and building on the MiLifeStatus project’s research.

Samuel David Schmid is a PhD researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Supervised by Rainer Bauböck and Maarten Vink, he comparatively investigates the relationship between the openness of borders and the inclusiveness of citizenship.

Sam will present his paper entitled ‘Open borders versus inclusive citizenship? The dynamic and context-dependent politics of linking immigration and citizenship policies’ in the MACIMIDE/MiLifeStatus seminar on 28 February. As Sam’s other research interests also cover immigrant integration outcomes and democratic inclusion, engaging with MiLifeStatus and MACIMIDE will help Sam learn more about the micro-level perspective in migration and citizenship studies.

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