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Life Satisfaction and the UK Citizenship Process: Do Tests and Ceremonies Enhance Immigrants' Lives?

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posted on 19.03.2019, 09:35 by David Bartram
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.

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Citation

International Migration, 2018, 56 (6), pp. 24-35 (12)

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Media, Communication and Sociology

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

International Migration

Publisher

Wiley, International Organization for Migration

issn

0020-7985

eissn

1468-2435

Copyright date

2018

Available date

19/03/2019

Publisher version

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/imig.12477

Language

en