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Recent publications on citizenship laws and policies


Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy


Special Issue: Domination, Migration and Non-citizens

CRISPP, volume 17, issue 1 (2014)

Iseult Honohan & Marit Hovdal-Moan (guest editors)

Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy 17.1 (2014) is a special issue on ‘Domination, migration and citizenship’, jointly edited by guest editors, Iseult Honohan and Marit Hovdal Moan. The articles examine the light that the republican concept of domination may cast on issues arising from the tension between state sovereignty and universal principles in the treatment of migrants and non-citizens in contemporary liberal democratic states. The issues addressed include migration controls,  territorial boundaries, the status of non-citizens, conditions for the integration of immigrants, and access to citizenship.  The contributors are Sarah Fine, Iseult Honohan, Meghan Benton, Marit Hovdal Moan, David Owen, Lubomira Radoilska and Christopher Bertram.


Immigrant Integration and Access to Citizenship in the European Union: The Role of Origin Countries

by Maarten VinkINTERACT Research Report 2013/05

This position paper addresses the following research question: “How do actors in sending countries influence the integration of immigrants in the European Union, with regard to the access to citizenship?” The paper argues that the access to citizenship can be viewed as an important factor in the process of integration of immigrants in the destination country. The role of actors in third countries, while only one of the factors that determine citizenship take-up among integration, is crucial as particularly by allowing dual citizenship, countries of origin can take away a major constraint for immigrants in the naturalisation process. Research shows that naturalisation rates are positively impacted by tolerant policies towards dual citizenship. The report discusses the state-of-the-art on the propensity to naturalise among immigrants, as well as on the relation between citizenship and integration. It also presents some key findings from the literature and outlines the relevant questions for further research.


Tilburg Law Review - Special Issue on Statelessness


Global Law Special Issue – Statelessness 

Tilburg Law Review, volume 14, issue 1-2 (2014)

Arab uprisings and the changing frontiers of transnational citizenship: Voting from abroad in political transitions


by Laurie A. Brand, Political Geography, xxx (2013), 1-10

The uprisings that swept the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region beginning in December 2010 set in motion a series of political transitions. One of the most striking elements in the post-spring 2011 experiences of the countries affected has been not only the holding of elections, but also the expansion of expatriate voting (EV) rights to include out-of-country voting (OCV). A close examination of the processes through which the right to OCV was secured and the forms of its implementation reveals an intriguing parallel with the depth of the respective country transitions. This article explores the involvement of emigrant civil society in securing OCV rights and in the process of voting from abroad, thereby expanding our understanding of the role of such rights in the critical category of countries in transition. The cases reveal how the extension of the right to vote from abroad redraws political boundaries. However, they also make clear that expanding the physical boundaries of participatory nationality does not necessarily translate into more meaningful transnational citizenship.

Naturalization Dynamics in Immigrant Families

 By Alex StreetJournal of Comparative Migration Studies 1 (1): 23–44

In recent decades millions of people have migrated to the democracies of North America and Western Europe. Some of these immigrants have become citizens of their new homelands, while others remain foreign residents. This article shows that the family context shapes decisions over naturalization. The costs and benefits of becoming a citizen of one’s country of residence depend, in part, on the naturalization decisions of immediate family members. The article draws on evidence from interviews and census data in Austria, and extends the analysis to the USA in order to test the scope for the argument to generalize. I conclude by discussing what family-level dynamics in naturalization can teach us about the concept of citizenship.