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Abstract: Karul

Today Immigration, citizenship, dual citizenship, social identity and problems of integration are discussed intensely in politics and the media. In these discussions, acquisition of citizenship and its influence on the social identity of young people plays an important role in our society.

The main objective of my study is to investigate the reasons behind the decision to choose between German citizenship and the citizenship(s) of their parents. In the centre of the study, problem-centered interviews are conducted with the persons who opted for citizenship, as well as their parents

The aspects of bilingualism, family, and social milieu are important reasons for the decision. The results of the preliminary analyses indicate that home language and social identity are among one the most compelling reasons for the decision to choose one citizenship over another. Many of the participants interviewed grew up with more than two languages, and these apparently influence young people emotional significantly. As a result of this reality, we hypothesize that a bi-identity or multi-identity is not excluded from young people with immigration background.     

In addition, in my study I will deal with the process that led to the social identity of the person concerned, which is based on E. Erikson (1959, 1980). The ultimate aim of my study is to investigate the convictions of the persons and their parents to demonstrate different models of socialization.