21 May 2019
The role of naturalisation in the integration of migrants

Science instead of gut feelings

The question of whether and how naturalisation (obtaining Dutch citizenship) can contribute to the integration of migrants is a hot political topic. But there has not been much comprehensive scientific research done on the subject. Prof. Maarten Vink of Maastricht University will be closing that gap by 2021 with a large-scale, international comparative study of the effects of naturalisation. In the meantime, the lower house of the Dutch parliament has already rejected a bill that would keep immigrants waiting two more years, partly on the basis of recommendations from Prof. Vink's research group.

By: Femke Kools