Our new GLOBALCIT website is under construction. In the meantime, please use the current website as before.


Elizabeth Meehan

"This website is an indispensable source of a wealth of information and ideas for both people working on practical issues of citizenship and nationality and for those engaged in research in the area. When I started my research on European citizenship in the 1980s, there was very little theoretical or empirical literature on citizenship either in respect of a particular state or comparing two or more systems, let alone any transnational dimensions to it. The twofold appeal of this website reflects the twofold significance of citizenship; its human stories and intellectual puzzles. The human stories may be happy ones; success in acquiring a new nationality and becoming an integrated citizen of a new polity. Or they may be ones of misery; failure to be accepted in a new country, loss of citizenship or family separation. These human situations have become increasingly voluminous with the growth in migration seen in the last two decades. And migration contributes to the intellectual problems that also need to be addressed in how citizenship should be understood and practiced when old ideas of exclusive national territorial sovereignty no longer reflect the lived experience of interdependence and transnational, collaborative policy-making. Thus, the foundation of this website could not be more timely. Since the twin purposes which it serves are here to stay for the foreseeable future, its continuation is equally vital."

Elizabeth Meehan, Queen's University Belfast

Sergio Carrera

"The EUDO Citizenship Observatory website has become a fundamental tool for academics, policy makers and practitioners working on citizenship studies and policies. The Observatory represents a unique platform of knowledge facilitating an interdisciplinary and ‘up-to-date’ understanding of the history, current legislative (and case law) developments at national and EU levels as well as relevant statistics on citizenship across Europe. It has also configured itself as a new forum fostering plural academic debates on critical developments on citizenship law and policies. All this makes of EUDO Citizenship Observatory a key tool for thinking about future prospects of European citizenship and developing evidence-based policy making in the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice."

Sergio Carrera, Head of Section, Centre for European Policy Studies and Visiting Lecturer, University of Kent (Brussels)

Engin F.Isin

"The EUDO CITIZENSHIP observatory has become the most comprehensive source of information on citizenship laws in European states. With updated information on and analysis of modes of acquisition and loss as well as citizenship case law, it provides not only a one-stop shop for data but also valuable country reports, comparative statistics, links and bibliography. As a citizenship studies scholar and activist, I now use the EUDO site regularly especially when I am asked to comment on various developments in citizenship law and politics. The country reports have been especially invaluable for developing comparative insights on and understanding of how each country has been transforming its citizenship laws in response to international law and governance. It also provides a well designed and thoughtful forum on citizenship inviting the most prominent citizenship scholars to comment on issues such as citizenship tests. I really don’t know of a comparably rich and well designed source of information on citizenship laws and politics as EUDO. I hope not only that this site will continue to provide its current services but that also it expands its remit from European states to others states in the world."

Engin Isin, Open University, Chief Editor of the journal Citizenship Studies


Sarah Ludford

The European Union Democracy Observatory is an excellent source of information on citizenship in Europe. Working as I do on justice and civil liberties issues in the European Parliament, I find the EUDO website very useful for the research, case-law and news it provides. Europe's challenge is to enable the growing number of people living and working cross-border to do so without hassle, and EUDO strongly contributes to this objective.”

Baroness Sarah Ludford, Member of the European Parliament for London and Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman

Elspeth Guild

"This website is a critical tool for all scholars and policy makers interested in the field of citizenship. Long have we sought information about developments in law and practice in citizenship at the Member State level not least because of its central importance to the content of citizenship of the European Union. Now this information, together with relevant analysis is easily available and updated to keep pace with the rapid legal changes which have been taking place in many Member States. I cannot recommend more highly this excellent research tool which is user friendly and up to date."

Elspeth Guild, Professor of European Migration Law, University of Nijmegen, Netherlands