Immigration, social cohesion, and naturalization

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The standard appeal to social cohesion in relation to immigration concerns admittance and residence. But social cohesion is sometimes also invoked as a relevant concern in relation to the attainment of citizenship in the state through naturalization. Many western states have recently tightened conditions for naturalization and introduced tougher language requirements and knowledge of society tests. The article discusses how concerns for social cohesion might function as a part of justifications of such restrictive naturalization requirements. It argues that standard concerns with generalized social trust do not connect with issues of naturalization at all. Other conceptions of social cohesion are either politically controversial, problematic as part of the justification of stricter naturalization requirements, or in fact justify less demanding naturalization requirements.
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)452-469
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2010


  • statsborgerskab
  • immigration
  • naturalisation
  • reciprocitet
  • social sammenhængskraft
  • social tillid

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