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Acquiring Nationality: Is It A Goal, A Tool, Or An Assessment Of Integration?

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Nationality law and practice may reflect on the integration policy of the 25 Member States measured in the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) by making a typology or a scale system. This typology could determine the stability as well as the acquisition of the nationality status. The newly introduced right of permanent residence which is almost unconditional and equally available to family members from a third country also offers protection against expulsion stabilising their status and urges integration. Assessments of such national practices are available in comparative research on the implementation of European Council Directive in national legislation. Just as the diverse policies on the acquisition of nationality and its legal practice can be interpreted in terms of a goal or/and tool for migrants becoming integrated citizens, it can also be seen as a parallel indicator of social cohesion and the identity of the receiving community.

Keywords: European Council Directive; Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX); nationality status



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