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Citizenship Tests In The Netherlands, Germany And The Uk

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This chapter examines three different aspects of the new methods of integration testing. Firstly, the reasons for introduction of the naturalisation tests in the countries under consideration will be discussed through an analysis of the political debates leading up to the introduction of the tests in the three countries (Netherlands, Germany and the UK). Secondly, the tests in the countries under consideration will be described and analysed. Lastly, for each country, in order to examine whether the tests have the effect of excluding some of the immigrant community from full membership rights, the effects of the citizenship tests will be analysed. The numbers of naturalisations before and after the introduction of the knowledge requirements will be discussed. Furthermore, the pass rates per nationality will be examined in order to see whether the tests affect certain immigrant categories more than others. The effects of the Dutch naturalisation test are also discussed.

Keywords: citizenship tests; Dutch naturalisation test; Germany; immigrant community; integration testing; nationality; naturalisation tests; Netherlands; political debates; UK



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