TITLE

On the Measurement of Naturalization

AUTHOR(S)
Liang, Zai
PUB. DATE
August 1994
SOURCE
Demography;Aug94, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p525
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents a paper that proposes a new way of measuring naturalization, which takes into account both emigration and death. For account, naturalization is the final stage of immigration to the United States. It represents the acquisition of a permanent legal status equal to that of native-born Americans. The basic requirement for obtaining the U.S. citizenship, except in certain cases, is legal residence in the country for at least five years. Allegiance, knowledge of the U.S. political system, and some proficiency in English are also required. However, the researcher argues that the system of naturalization is not totally efficient. He supports his argument with an alternative method that corrects for underestimation and thus provides a more accurate measure of the concept. Using data from six groups of the 1973 immigrant cohort and multiple-decrement life table techniques, the researcher estimated and compared naturalization measures derived from new and old methods. The results show that failure to control for emigration has a significant effect on the measurement of naturalization, particularly if an immigrant group has relatively high rate of emigration.
ACCESSION #
9501124040

 

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