How citizenship reinforces immigrants’ integration?

by Quentin Hurel - 2013.02.28
How citizenship reinforces immigrants’ integration?
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On February 22th, the King Baudouin Foundation, the Migration Policy group and their partners have presented the project called Access to citizenship and its impact on immigrant integration (ACIT) in Brussels. The project has explored the links between the acquisition of citizenship and the integration processes concerning non-EU legal immigrants. Many factors were objects of study, such as the different national integration laws, as well as immigrants’ regions of origin. The report shows that, according to most indicators, the access to citizenship reduces the gaps with natives. If immigrants are more likely to be unemployed or overqualified in their jobs than natives, naturalization generally boosts their integration, and, as a consequence, their situation. In this way, the report has also encouraged many measures for an easier access to citizenship in the EU. It seems quite evident that access to citizenship promotes immigrants’ integration, reinforces their participation into politic, economic and social fields, so allowing them to enjoy better living conditions. The databases concerning this project can be consulted on the EUDO Citizenship website.

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