Research Prizes

Ricky van Oers
PhD dissertation:
Deserving Citizenship. Citizenship Tests in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Supervisors: Prof. mr C.A. Groenendijk, Prof. mr B. de Hart
Nomination: Faculty of Law, Radboud University Nijmegen

Report of the Selection Committee
Ricky van Oers’ thesis is an important study of the aims, contents and effects of citizen tests, which have been introduced in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom over the past ten years. She has combined data obtained by different research methods: analysis of political debates, content analysis of the texts, statistical information about the effects of the introduction of these citizen tests, and interviews with those involved. She has devoted much attention to the effects of the introduction of the citizenship test in all three countries surveyed. Her work has attracted much attention in the academic world and holds up a mirror to politicians by comparing the effects to the initial objectives.

Ricky van Oers studied law at the Radboud University Nijmegen and the Université Paris V Descartes. After her studies she was trained at the European Parliament and subsequently was employed by the Center for Migration Law (CMR) of the Radboud University Nijmegen. Van Oers obtained her PhD in 2013 on a study of the reasons for introduction, the effects of language- and integration tests as a condition for naturalisation. As researcher and co-ordinator she took part in various other international research projects, including the NATAC project, in which nationality law and governance in fifteen EU member states was analysed, as well as the INTEC project, in which the focus was on integration policy of nine European member states. She was also involved in research on the implementation of EU-guidelines for family re-unification and long-stay persons from third countries, and the policy regarding integration of highly qualified immigrants in five EU member states. At present, Ricky van Oers works at the Centre for Post-academic Juridical Training (CPO) as training manager for the internationalisation of the course programme.