The way in which states define themselves strongly influences how they view citizenship, and their views of citizenship influence the ability of immigrants to integrate. In the United States, differing notions of nationality underlie policy proposals as diverse as denying birthright citizenship to children of unauthorized immigrants to treating immigrants as “citizens in waiting” and thus initiating the integration process at the earliest possible point in the immigration process.

This article is another great resource on US Immigrant integration:

Panelists will examine the role citizenship policy plays in achieving integration and how the increasing reality of “transnational” lives redefines how “integration” will be understood in the future.

Chair: Donald Kerwin, Vice President of Programs, MPI

Hiroshi Motomura, Professor of Law, University of California at Los Angeles

Randall Hansen, Research Chair on Migration, University of Toronto

Robert C. Smith, Associate Professor, Baruch
College, City University of New York, CUNY

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