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MiLifeStatus SIGNED

Migrant Life Course and Legal Status Transition

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Project "MiLifeStatus" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Minderbroedersberg 4-6
postcode: 6200 MD

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙799˙034 €
 EC max contribution 1˙799˙034 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2021-07-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT NL (MAASTRICHT) coordinator 1˙799˙034.00


 Project objective

When does citizenship provide a boost to migrant integration? A fast-track to citizenship can maximise the potential for settlement success, though too short a pathway can disincentivise integration. Not all migrants have an equal interest in naturalising and some are discouraged by restrictive policies. Yet little is known about why, how and for whom legal status transition matters and, especially, how policy variation impacts on this relation. Which migrants are most discouraged by stricter requirements for naturalisation? For whom carries citizenship the largest pay-off? Does it still matter if a migrant acquires citizenship after a long waiting period? This project combines for the first time the ideas that a) migrants have different motivations to naturalise; b) legal status transitions are conditioned by the institutional and socioeconomic contexts in origin and destination countries and c) the potential ‘integration premium’ associated with naturalisation is conditioned by the trajectory into citizenship.

The innovative project contributions are: 1. modelling migrants’ legal status transitions as life course events, which are shaped by migrants’ origin, their family context and societal structures and institutions; 2. analysing the relevance of citizenship for work and income, living conditions, health status and out-migration among immigrants and for educational attainment among their descendants; 3. developing novel methodologies to analyse step-to-citizenship trajectories and the impact of policy changes on status transitions and related outcomes among migrant groups and cohorts; 4. testing models on the basis of a unique combination of longitudinal register-based and survey-based micro-data in 8 European and North American countries, which provide the comparative context to analyse the impact of institutional variation; 5. yielding information for targeted citizenship policies to maximise settlement success for immigrants and their children.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Peters
The citizenship premium - immigrant naturalisation and socio-economic integration in the Netherlands
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.26481/dis.20180328fp
2019 Floris Peters
Naturalization and the transition to homeownership: an analysis of signalling in the Dutch housing market
published pages: 1-25, ISSN: 0267-3037, DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2019.1654601
Housing Studies 2019-09-17
2019 Maarten Vink, Arjan H Schakel, David Reichel, Ngo Chun Luk, Gerard-René de Groot
The international diffusion of expatriate dual citizenship
published pages: 362-383, ISSN: 2049-5846, DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnz011
Migration Studies 7/3 2019-09-17
2018 Floris Peters
Naturalisatie bevordert integratie van migranten
published pages: , ISSN: 2214-3963, DOI:
Sociale Vraagstukken 5 times/year 2019-09-17
2019 Marloes de Hoon, Maarten Vink, Hans Schmeets
A ticket to mobility? Naturalisation and subsequent migration of refugees after obtaining asylum in the Netherlands
published pages: 1-20, ISSN: 1369-183X, DOI: 10.1080/1369183x.2019.1629894
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 2019-09-17
2017 Floris Peters
Naturalisatie geeft potentiële kickstart voor de integratie van migranten
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Me Judice 2019-06-18
2016 Vink, M.
Langere verblijfstermijn voor naturalisatie, betere integratie? Niet echt [Longer residence requirement for naturalisation, beter integration? Not really]
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
SRV StukRoodVlees 2019-06-18
2017 Floris Peters, Maarten Vink, Hans Schmeets
Anticipating the citizenship premium: before and after effects of immigrant naturalisation on employment
published pages: 1-30, ISSN: 1369-183X, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1367650
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 1 February 2017 2019-06-18
2017 Peters, F., Schmeets H., and Vink M.
Perspectief op Nederlanderschap: het effect van de snelheid van naturalisatie [Perspective on Dutch citizenship: the effect of the speed of naturalisation]
published pages: pp. 1-14, ISSN: , DOI:
CBS Bevolkingstrends 1 2019-06-18
2017 Vink, M.
Verblijfstermijn naturalisatie: de relevantie van ‘cijfers en statistieken’
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
SRV StukRoodVlees 2019-06-18
2018 Peters F., Vink M., and Schmeets H.
Nederlanderschap helpt migranten op huizenmarkt [‘Dutch citizenship helps migrants on housing market’]
published pages: 318-219, ISSN: 0013-0583, DOI:
Economisch Statistische Berichten 103(4763) 2019-05-22
2019 Hoxhaj, R., M. Vink and T. Prokic-Breuer
Immigrant Naturalisation, Employment and Occupational Status in Western Europe
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 G.J. Walkden, E.L. Anderson, M.P. Vink, K. Tilling, L.D. Howe, Y. Ben-Shlomo
Frailty in older-age European migrants: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)
published pages: 1-11, ISSN: 0277-9536, DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.07.033
Social Science & Medicine 213 2019-05-22
2019 Maarten Vink, Hans Schmeets, Hester Mennes
Double standards? Attitudes towards immigrant and emigrant dual citizenship in the Netherlands
published pages: 83-101, ISSN: 0141-9870, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2019.1567929
Ethnic and Racial Studies 42/16 2019-05-22

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