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Title: Life Satisfaction and the UK Citizenship Process: Do Tests and Ceremonies Enhance Immigrants' Lives?
Authors: Bartram, David
First Published: 11-Jun-2018
Publisher: Wiley, International Organization for Migration
Citation: International Migration, 2018, 56 (6), pp. 24-35 (12)
Abstract: Gaining citizenship in the UK requires applicants to pass a “Life in the UK” test and (if successful) attend a citizenship ceremony. Critics of this policy agenda assert that it exacerbates exclusion of an already vulnerable and disadvantaged population. The UK government justifies the requirements in part on the basis that they facilitate integration, thus enhancing immigrants’ lives. This article, using data from the UK longitudinal household survey (“Understanding Society”) considers outcomes for immigrants by investigating whether gaining citizenship in the current period is associated with immigrants’ subjective well‐being. Results from regression models and matching analyses show that participating in the citizenship process (or not) is not generally associated with individuals’ life satisfaction.
DOI Link: 10.1111/imig.12477
ISSN: 0020-7985
eISSN: 1468-2435
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2018. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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