16. Naturalization as Boundary Crossing

Evidence from Labor Migrants in Germany

  1. Assaad E. Azzi Professor director3,
  2. Xenia Chryssochoou Associate Professor4,
  3. Bert Klandermans Professor5 and
  4. Bernd Simon Professor Directors6
  1. Claudia Diehl Professor of Sociology1 and
  2. Michael Blohm sociologist researcher2

Published Online: 12 OCT 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328158.ch16

Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies

Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies

How to Cite

Diehl, C. and Blohm, M. (2010) Naturalization as Boundary Crossing, in Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies (eds A. E. Azzi, X. Chryssochoou, B. Klandermans and B. Simon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328158.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

  2. 4

    Panteion University (Athens, Greece)

  3. 5

    Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  4. 6

    Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universität Göttingen, Germany

  2. 2

    Department of the ALLBUS Survey at the GESIS-Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 OCT 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199476

Online ISBN: 9781444328158



  • naturalization as boundary crossing - evidence from labor migrants in Germany;
  • social and economic integration of migrants - who possess passport of their country of residence more likely, than integration of “foreigners”;
  • acquisition of citizenship, cause of migrants' structural assimilation;
  • direct effect of naturalization - on migrants' integration, not overstated;
  • Germany, example of immigration-hesitant country with restrictive naturalization law - liberalized after German reunification in early 1990s;
  • naturalization, reflecting migrants' identification - with host society rather than utilitarian interests in becoming citizens;
  • naturalization processes in Germany;
  • German microcensus and socio-economic panel;
  • naturalization quotas, reflecting shares of eligible migrants - than shares of migrants interested in naturalization;
  • legal incentives to naturalize - and legal incentive model


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Naturalization Processes in Germany: Evidence from Official Data Sources

  • The Decision to Naturalize: Theoretical Assumptions, Existing Findings, and Hypotheses

  • Data and Variables: The German Microcensus and the Socio-Economic Panel

  • Results

  • Conclusion

  • References