Recent publications on citizenship laws and policies


The position and agency of the ‘irregularized’: Romani migrants as European semi-citizens

By Julija Sardelic, Politics, September 2016

This article discusses the position and agency of Romani migrants. It argues that different states often irregularize the status of Romani migrants even in cases where it should be regularized due to their de jure citizenship. This irregularization is possible because of their position as semi-citizens in their ‘states of origin’. Yet, Romani migrants are not mere passive observers of these practices, but react to their irregularized migrant statuses. In doing so, they redefine their national and European citizenships. This article centres around two case studies to analyse the position and agency of Romani migrants The first is Roma with European Union (EU) citizenship and the second is post-Yugoslav Roma without EU citizenship.

Read full text at the journal’s website.


Politische Rechte von Auslandbürgerinnen und Auslandbürgern in verschiedenen Staaten Europas [Political Rights of Expatriates in Different European States]

By Swiss Federal Council, August 2016

This report, commissioned by the Swiss Federal Council, examines and compares the political rights of expatriates in different European states. Starting from an analysis of the scope and nature of such rights, the report explores procedures for external voting. The report concludes that the political rights of the Swiss abroad are not restrictive.

Read full text at the Swiss Parliament website (in German).


Citizenship Taxation

By Ruth Mason, Southern California Law Review, February 2016

The United States is the only country that taxes its citizens’ worldwide income, even when those citizens live indefinitely abroad. This Article critically evaluates the traditional equity, efficiency, and administrability arguments for taxing nonresident citizens. It also raises new arguments against citizenship taxation, including that it puts the United States at a disadvantage when competing with other countries for highly skilled migrants.

Read full text at SCLR website.



A New Agenda for Immigration and Citizenship Policy Research

By Marc Helbling and Ines Michalowski, Comparative Political Studies, September 2016

Given the widespread interest in political solutions to the current problems associated with immigration, we need to have an accurate understanding of existing policies in a cross-national perspective. To explain the coming into being and effectiveness of these policies, researchers have recently started to quantify immigration and citizenship policies and built databases across time and a large number of countries. These indices are likely to reconnect political science research with a field from which it has long been disconnected in terms of theories and methodology—the sub-field of migration and citizenship research. This special issue brings together scholars from North America and Europe who have been at the forefront of index-building and have started to employ these indices in empirical research.

Read at the CPS website.



The Demographic Transformations of Citizenship

By Heli Askola, Cambridge University Press, 2016

The Demographic Transformations of Citizenship examines how attempts by contemporary states to govern demographic anxieties are shaping ideas about citizenship both as a boundary-maintaining mechanism and as an ideal of equal membership. These anxieties, while most often centred upon immigration, also stem from other demographic changes unfolding in contemporary states - most notably, the long-standing trend towards lower birth rates and consequent population ageing. With attention to such topics as control over borders, national identity, gender roles, family life and changing stages of life, Askola examines the impact of demographic changes, including but not limited to immigration. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, including law, demography, and sociology, this book discusses how efforts to manage demographic anxieties are profoundly altering ideas about citizenship and belonging.

See details at the publisher’s website.