MiLifeStatus explained in 5 minutes

What is MiLifeStatus about? We created a 5-minute video that offers an insight into the research we conduct. 
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Naturalisation: the consequences of stricter policies

The conditions for obtaining a passport have in many countries become stricter in recent years. This video explains what the consequences are. Watch the video

Meet the MiLifeStatus team

The MiLifeStatus research team is led by prof. Maarten P. Vink at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS).  
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Migrant Life Course and Legal Status Transition


Migrant Life Course and Legal Status Transition (MiLifeStatus) is a five year research project (2016-2021), led by professor Maarten P. Vink. MiLifeStatus studies the relation between migrant naturalisation and integration.

In the wake of the European refugee crisis and the influx of migrants into European countries, migrant integration is at the top of the political agenda. The acquisition of citizenship through naturalization, in this context, is either regarded as a reward for a successfully completed integration, or as an incentive to reach this goal. In fact, however, little is known about the relation between the naturalization of migrants and their integration within the host society. The MiLifeStatus research team breaks new ground by investigating why, how, and for whom legal status transition matter, and how varying policies impact on this relation.

That is to say, context matters. Not all migrants have the same opportunities or face the same obstacles when it comes to building up a life a new country. As result, not everyone has an equal interest to naturalise, which also affects the relation between citizenship and integration. We are interested in finding out how these variables affect the pay-off of citizenship. Does it still matter if a migrant acquires citizenship after a long waiting period? Our hypothesis is that how - and when - you get citizenship also affects what it means to you.

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MiLifeStatus has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 682626). Research is conducted within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) and the Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE). 

Does citizenship increase migrant homeownership?

Open access paper in Housing Studies on the relevance of naturalisation in the Dutch housing market

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Science instead of gut feelings

The role of naturalisation in the integration of migrants

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Naturalisation as ticket to mobility?

Open Access article in JEMS on Naturalisation and subsequent migration of refugees after obtaining asylum in the Netherlands

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MiLifeStatus research on immigrant naturalisation discussed in Dutch Senate

On Tuesday 3 October 2017, the Dutch Senate voted against a proposal that would increase the residence requirement for naturalisation from the current five to seven years.

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MiLifeStatus has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 682626)

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