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The Political and Community Context of Immigrant Naturalisation in the United States

The Political and Community Context of Immigrant Naturalisation in the United States Becoming a citizen is a component of a larger process of immigrant incorporation into US society. It is most often treated as an individual-level choice, associated with such personal characteristics as duration of residence in the US, age, education and language acquisition. This study uses microdata from Census 2000 in conjunction with other measures to examine aspects of the community and policy context that influence the choices made by individuals. The results confirm previous research on the effects of individual-level characteristics on attaining citizenship. There is also strong evidence of collective influences: both the varied political histories of immigrant groups in their home country and the political and community environment that they encounter in the US have significant impacts on their propensity for naturalisation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Taylor & Francis

The Political and Community Context of Immigrant Naturalisation in the United States

The Political and Community Context of Immigrant Naturalisation in the United States

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies , Volume 38 (4): 20 – Apr 1, 2012

Abstract

Becoming a citizen is a component of a larger process of immigrant incorporation into US society. It is most often treated as an individual-level choice, associated with such personal characteristics as duration of residence in the US, age, education and language acquisition. This study uses microdata from Census 2000 in conjunction with other measures to examine aspects of the community and policy context that influence the choices made by individuals. The results confirm previous research on the effects of individual-level characteristics on attaining citizenship. There is also strong evidence of collective influences: both the varied political histories of immigrant groups in their home country and the political and community environment that they encounter in the US have significant impacts on their propensity for naturalisation.

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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1469-9451
eISSN
1369-183X
DOI
10.1080/1369183X.2012.659116
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Abstract

Becoming a citizen is a component of a larger process of immigrant incorporation into US society. It is most often treated as an individual-level choice, associated with such personal characteristics as duration of residence in the US, age, education and language acquisition. This study uses microdata from Census 2000 in conjunction with other measures to examine aspects of the community and policy context that influence the choices made by individuals. The results confirm previous research on the effects of individual-level characteristics on attaining citizenship. There is also strong evidence of collective influences: both the varied political histories of immigrant groups in their home country and the political and community environment that they encounter in the US have significant impacts on their propensity for naturalisation.

Journal

Journal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Apr 1, 2012

Keywords: Immigration; Political Participation; Citizenship; Political Institutions; Voter Identification; Naturalisation

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