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Title: The UK Citizenship Process: Political Integration or Marginalization?
Authors: Bartram, David
First Published: 10-Dec-2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US), British Sociological Association
Citation: Sociology, 2018
Abstract: The UK ‘citizenship process’ subjects immigrants to requirements ostensibly intended to enhance their identification with ‘British values’. Policy-makers suggest the policy will facilitate immigrants’ integration: as they learn about ‘life in the UK’, they will become better able to understand and navigate core institutions. Many external observers, by contrast, believe that the requirements exacerbate immigrants’ marginalization. I use panel data from ‘Understanding Society’ to investigate political participation among non-citizen immigrants at Wave 1, comparing those who became citizens by Wave 6 to those who remained non-citizens. Those who became citizens subsequently reported lower interest in politics, relative to those who remained non-citizens; in addition, they were not more likely to be active in organizations (e.g. political parties and trade unions). These findings reinforce the concerns of critics: the UK citizenship policy appears to do more to alienate new citizens than it does to facilitate their integration in the political sphere.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0038038518813842
ISSN: 0038-0385
Links: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0038038518813842
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/44462
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 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Description: The data used for this research are available via the UK Data Archive (http://data-archive.ac.uk/).
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