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Citizenship News

EUDO CITIZENSHIP offers a selection of media reports and news summaries on significant legislative changes, court decisions, policy developments, political campaigns or other events concerning citizenship in Europe and beyond.

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Stateless in Kenya demand citizenship

Over one thousand stateless people in Kenya are marching to the country’s capital in the attempt to secure citizenship. They are seeking a meeting with the country’s president Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss matters related to their status.  

The stateless people in Kenya include the Makonde, originally from Mozambique; Wapemba, originating from Tanzania; and Warundi from Burundi. Most of them fled the fled civil wars in their countries in the 1950s and the 1960s, but some are descendants from migrants who arrived in Kenya during the colonial era. 

A part of Kenya’s stateless applied for South African citizenship in 2015, which disqualified them from their claim to the Kenyan one. 


Read more in Standard.

For an overview of citizenship regulation in Africa, read Bronwen Manby’s comparative study on citizenship law in Africa.

Unequal effects of laws affect the voting rights of minorities in the US

In an article entitled ‘Why 10% of Florida Adults Can’t Vote: How Felony Convictions Affect Access to the Ballot’, the New York Times explores how felony convictions affect the electoral rights of American citizen. The article builds on data provided by the Sentencing Project, a nonprofit organisation focused on criminal justice reform. According to experts, say racial disparities in sentencing have had a disproportionate effect on the voting rights of African-American and Hispanic communities.


Read the full article in the New York Times.

For details of current and past electoral legislation in the US, consult our country profile pages.

Foreign academics barred from advising the UK government on Brexit

The Guardian reports that academics who are not British nationals will not be allowed to act as expert advisers to the UK government on matters related to Brexit. This has caused concern among the members of the academic community. The spokesman of the Liberal Democrats for the EU Nick Clegg has described this policy as ‘evidence of the Conservatives’ alarming embrace of petty chauvinism over rational policymaking’.

 Read the article in The Guardian.

For details of current and past citizenship legislation in the UK, consult our country profile pages.

Read our analysis on Brexit and citizenship here.

The UK government pledges to give vote to expatriates, referendum voting still on an ad hoc basis

In a policy statement of 7 October, the UK Minister for the Constitution, Chris Skidmore announced that the country would remove the 15-year limit on the exercise of voting rights for British citizens abroad. All British citizens would therefore receive the lifelong right to vote in national parliamentary elections. 

In the accompanying consultation paper, the UK government stipulated that rules for referenda would still be decided on ad hoc basis.

Read the policy statement here and the consultation paper here.

For details of current and past electoral legislation in the UK consult our country profile pages.

For a detailed overview of electoral rights at all levels in the UK, consult our Conditions for Electoral Rights 2015 database. 

Four Korean diplomats summoned back over dual citizenship of their children

Four Korean diplomats who had been posted in African, European and Middle Eastern countries were summoned back to their country in late 2015 and early 2016. Their mandates ended prematurely because their children were dual nationals. 

In early 2016, Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided that diplomats whose children are dual nationals are not allowed to hold overseas consular general or ambassadorial posts.

Read more here.