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October 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Europe/Rome Timezone
Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
A Global Citizenship seminar series which will discuss research findings that suggest that citizenship for immigrants to France has value as national identity, and as a means to greater acceptance and integration.
Drawing on the Trajectories and Origins Survey, the paper that will be presented in this Globalcit seminar session investigates how national sense of belonging shapes immigrants’ intention to naturalise in France. We exploit rich information about subjective national identity, recognition by others, and perceived discrimination to build a multidimensional construct of belonging using a latent class model. We show that immigrants’ sense of belonging articulates in five different ways, ranging from full belonging to exclusion. We then explore how different belonging types are related to naturalisation intentions. Naturalisation intentions are highest among those who feel they fully belong, and lowest among those who feel fully excluded. Yet, migrants whose strong sense of national belonging is undermined by the absence of recognition by others and by the experience of racism and discrimination are also highly motivated to naturalise. These findings suggest that citizenship for immigrants to France has value as national identity, and as a means to greater acceptance and integration.