Naturalisation and Socioeconomic Integration: The Case of the Netherlands

28 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2006

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Pieter Bevelander

Malmo University - School of International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Justus Veenman

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute for Sociological and Economic Research; Tinbergen Institute

Date Written: May 2006

Abstract

This paper investigates Dutch immigrants' naturalisation decision and how naturalisation affects their employment chances and wages in the Netherlands. The population under consideration consists mainly of refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Somalia and former Yugoslavia, and a minority of immigrants from Turkey and Morocco. The data used comes from the Dutch survey "Social Position and Use of Public Utilities by Migrants" for the years 2002 and 2003. A multivariate analysis shows that higher educational levels and having obtained an education in the Netherlands positively affects naturalisation. In turn naturalisation is positively related to the job chances among immigrants and refugees. It is also positively related to wages among refugees, but not among Mediterranean immigrants who came to the Netherlands for various reasons.

Keywords: immigration, naturalisation, citizenship, socio-economic integration

JEL Classification: F22, J61, J68

Suggested Citation

Bevelander, Pieter and Veenman, Justus, Naturalisation and Socioeconomic Integration: The Case of the Netherlands (May 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2153, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=908239

Pieter Bevelander (Contact Author)

Malmo University - School of International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) ( email )

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Justus Veenman

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute for Sociological and Economic Research ( email )

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