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The Migration Seminar: Double standards: electoral acceptance of immigrant and emigrant dual citizenship in the Netherlands

Tid: 2017-11-09 14:15 -- 2017-11-09 16:00
Plats: Seminar room 9th floor, MIM, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University
Målgrupp: All interested in research

Welcome to the Migration Seminar with Maarten Vink, Guest Professor in Memory of Willy Brandt at MIM, Malmö University; Professor at Maastricht University and Co-director of Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE)

Title: "Double standards: electoral acceptance of immigrant and emigrant dual citizenship in the Netherlands"


International migration, gender equality and increasingly tolerant dual citizenship policies have led to a growing number of persons holding the citizenship of more than one state. Yet in many countries, dual citizenship acceptance is still contested. In this paper, we investigate attitudes towards dual citizenship in the Netherlands, a country that has at best reluctantly accepted dual citizenship and continues to practice a restrictive policy. We investigate the remarkable discrepancy in electoral attitudes towards dual citizenship of immigrants who acquire Dutch citizenship, on the one hand, and Dutch citizens acquiring a foreign citizenship, on the other. Drawing on social identity theory we argue that, in the context of perceived cultural treat, ethnic citizenship conceptions and national identification drive a ‘double standard’ towards accepting dual citizenship for the in-group (emigrants), but not for the out-group (immigrants). We test our argument on the basis of data from the 2012 Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (N = 1650).

The seminar will be held in English.

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