On 31 August 2017, MiLifeStatus researcher Swantje Falcke attended a press meeting in Berlin, organized by MEDIENDIENST INTEGRATION. As one of three experts on migration and integration, she talked to journalists about the nearly eight million individuals residing in Germany who do not have a passport and therefore are not allowed to vote during the upcoming elections of the Bundestag on 24 September.
MiLifeStatus project leader Maarten Vink is one of the co-editors of the Oxford Handbook of Citizenship, together with Ayelet Shachar, Rainer Bauboeck, and Irene Bloemraad. The book has recently been published by Oxford University Press.
MiLifeStatus project leader Maarten Vink has been appointed as research fellow at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), a research institute of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE).
MiLifeStatus researchers Maarten Vink, Marloes de Hoon, and Floris Peters presented their work during the 14th IMISCOE Annual Conference in Rotterdam, which took place on 28-30 June 2017. IMISCOE is Europe's largest network of scholars in the area of migration and integration. The conference covered the theme ‘Migration, Diversity and Cities’ and was organized by Erasmus University Rotterdam.
With an inspiring conference, the ERC funded research project MiLifeStatus (2016-2021) was officially kicked-off at Maastricht University on 27 June 2017. The kick-off meeting brought together the MiLifeStatus team and fellow academics from Europe and North America.
In the latest edition of the independent university newspaper The Observant, MiLifeStatus project leader Maarten Vink is interviewed for the series Mythbusters. In this series academics shoot down popular myths on complex topics. Vink explains why the idea that a passport is the crowning glory of a successful integration, is a myth.
The migration and citizenship section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) has awarded a ‘honorable mention’ to a paper by MiLifeStatus team members Floris Peters, Maarten Vink and Hans Schmeets, as part of the 2016 Annual Best Article Award.
On 21 April 2017, Swantje Falcke successfully defended her PhD thesis “On the move: Analyzing immigration determinants and immigrant outcomes” at Utrecht University.
The Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad recently published a letter to the editor by MiLifeStatus researchers Maarten Vink and Floris Peters (25 & 26 March 2017). In light of the Senate’s discussion of a bill that would increase the minimum residence requirement for naturalisation from five to seven years, they write that naturalisation especially improves the chances of finding paid employment for migrants who naturalise quickly. The research to which they refer has been published in Perspectief op het Nederlanderschap, Bevolkingstrends 2017/01.