PhD Defence Floris Peters, on 28 March

Floris Peters will defend his PhD dissertation ‘The Citizenship Premium: Immigrant Naturalisation and Socio-Economic Integration in the Netherlands’ in the Aula, Minderbroedersberg 4-6, on Wednesday 28 March at 14.00. Supervisor: prof.dr. M. Vink, co-supervisor: dr. H. Schmeets.

Naturalisation has the potential to provide a boost to the integration of immigrants according to Floris Peters, a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science of Maastricht University. In his research, supervised by prof. Maarten Vink and prof. Hans Schmeets, and jointly financed by the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE) and Statistics Netherlands, Peters has studied the relevance of citizenship for the labour and housing market integration of first generation immigrants in the Netherlands. In light of the growing salience of international migration, policy-makers of destination countries have a strong incentive to ensure a quick and successful settlement process of immigrants. In that context, international research suggests that citizenship may facilitate the integration of immigrants, a phenomenon also known as the citizenship premium. Yet little is known as to why – and by extension – to whom and under which conditions citizenship matters. Which migrants benefit from naturalisation most, what is the role of the trajectory into citizenship, and how does policy variation factor into the relationship between citizenship and integration?

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