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Reasons for Introduction and Effects of Citizenship Tests in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK

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Between 2003 and 2008, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK introduced
citizenship tests as a condition for the acquisition of citizenship. In the
three countries, in order to become citizens, immigrants have to prove that
they are sufficiently integrated by demonstrating that they have a command
of the language and knowledge of the society which might accept them as full
members. Before the tests were introduced, a local or municipal state
representative would conduct an interview with the naturalisation applicant
in order to test whether the prospective citizen had sufficiently
integrated. Knowledge of society was not required. The introduction of the
formalised tests hence reflects a change in ideas about the relationship
between legal status and integration.
In this contribution, three different aspects of the new methods of
integration testing will be examined. Firstly, the reasons for introduction
of the naturalisation tests in the countries under consideration will be
discussed through an analysis of the political debates leading up to the
introduction of the tests in the three countries. Secondly, the tests in the
countries under consideration will be described and analysed. Lastly, for
each country, the effects of the citizenship tests will be analysed. Do the
new ways of testing function as a mechanism for selection and exclusion, or
do they serve the goal of improving immigrant integration and participation,
often the official aim of the policies?
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Name: Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies
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Van Oers, Ricky. "Reasons for Introduction and Effects of Citizenship Tests in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p430958_index.html>

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Van Oers, R. "Reasons for Introduction and Effects of Citizenship Tests in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p430958_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Between 2003 and 2008, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK introduced
citizenship tests as a condition for the acquisition of citizenship. In the
three countries, in order to become citizens, immigrants have to prove that
they are sufficiently integrated by demonstrating that they have a command
of the language and knowledge of the society which might accept them as full
members. Before the tests were introduced, a local or municipal state
representative would conduct an interview with the naturalisation applicant
in order to test whether the prospective citizen had sufficiently
integrated. Knowledge of society was not required. The introduction of the
formalised tests hence reflects a change in ideas about the relationship
between legal status and integration.
In this contribution, three different aspects of the new methods of
integration testing will be examined. Firstly, the reasons for introduction
of the naturalisation tests in the countries under consideration will be
discussed through an analysis of the political debates leading up to the
introduction of the tests in the three countries. Secondly, the tests in the
countries under consideration will be described and analysed. Lastly, for
each country, the effects of the citizenship tests will be analysed. Do the
new ways of testing function as a mechanism for selection and exclusion, or
do they serve the goal of improving immigrant integration and participation,
often the official aim of the policies?


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