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Social politics: the importance of the family for naturalisation decisions of the 1.5 generation

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Publication date

19 Oct 2018

Summary

How do migrants make the decision to naturalise? The majority of the literature focuses on the economic costs and benefit calculus of individual migrants, usually those who arrived as adults. Yet a large and growing population of foreign-born individuals arrived as children. Despite spending their formative years in the United States, many remain foreign nationals into adulthood. Based on results from a discrete-time event-history model of naturalisation of 1.5 generation respondents in California we argue that the cost?benefit trade-offs underlying most accounts of naturalisation decisions will apply in different ways to this population. We show that especially for this population the decision to naturalise cannot be conceptualised as an individual choice but is strongly embedded within the family and co-ethnic context which, in turn, introduces symbolic concerns and country of origin related factors into the decision.

Published in

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1534584

ISSN

16

Subjects

Migration, Ethnic Groups, and Sociology Of Households

Links

University of Essex, Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to University of Essex registered users* - https://lib.essex.ac.uk/iii/encore/record/C__Rb2069018?lang=eng

Notes

Online Early

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