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Recent publications on citizenship laws and policies


Migration, Citizenship and Development: Diasporic Membership Policies and Overseas Indians in the United States

By Daniel Naujoks, Oxford University Press 2013

Migration, Citizenship, and Development examines the effects of country-of-origin citizenship on the Indian diaspora in the United States and return migrants in India. It explores how the Overseas Citizenship of India affects remittances, investment, philanthropy, return migration and political lobbying. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, the book combines political concepts of state power and governance, sociological categorizations of behavior and identity, and economic scholarship on remittances and development. The author examines how a legal status shapes national and transnational belonging and how citizenship in the country of origin influences naturalization and attachment to the country of residence. He does this both through new conceptualizations as well as original empirical evidence about the causes and effects of diasporic activities.

Learn more about this book on the OUP website or download the flyer



Co-creating European Union citizenship

Policy review report published by the European Commission (2013). 

The EC has published a policy review document on 'Co-creating European Union Citizenship'. The document draws on the key research findings of fifteen EU-funded Social Sciences and Humanities research projects that have contributed to the understanding of the genesis and evolution of EU citizenship. 2013 has been designated as the "European Year of Citizens".

While citizenship status promises an important set of rights and opportunities for all EU citizens, there are still challenges and the report discusses the numerous remaining obstacles to reaching EU citizenship rights. One of the key conclusions of the report is the importance of ‘bringing the citizens in’ - that is, viewing citizens and their families as partners in the design of policies and solutions and as the key to strengthening EU citizenship’s reality and potential.


A geography of extra-territorial citizenship: Explanations of external voting

By Michael Collyer, Migration Studies (July 2013). 

Geographers have a long-standing interest in citizenship as the link between political and territorial membership. Yet, even when key political processes associated with citizenship, such as voting or lobbying government institutions are carried out from beyond the territory there is a more complex relationship with territory than the simple ‘inside/outside’ division that external voting suggests. This article develops a specifically geographical analysis of the territorial context of voting practices. Although a number of general explanations have been offered for the introduction of external voting, and for the nature of the systems introduced it seems that contextual, country-specific factors concerning the history and nature of the relationship between the government and emigrant groups are usually determinant.By Michael Collyer, Migration Studies (July 2013).


External Citizenship in EU Countries

By EUDO CITIZENSHIP expert Costica Dumbrava, Ethnic and Racial Studies, August 2013

Citizenship laws often contain provisions regarding preferential acquisition of citizenship by certain categories of foreigners, such as provisions that allow for the possibility to acquire citizenship without the obligation to reside in the country. The practice of external acquisition of citizenship poses important challenges to the modern paradigmatic view of territorially bounded citizenship. This article surveys the legal rules allowing for external acquisition of citizenship in EU countries, and examines three justifications for such rules, namely, the principles of just restitution of citizenship, democratic continuity and national solidarity. The article argues that the principle of just restitution of citizenship offers the strongest, albeit partial, contextual justification for external acquisition of citizenship.


Should Citizenship be Conditional? The Ethics of Denationalization

By Matthew J. Gibney, The Journal of Politics 75, 3 (July 2013). 

While many political theorists have focused on the question of whether states have a duty to grant citizenship to noncitizens, this article examines the issues associated with the state’s withdrawal of citizenship. Denationalization powers have recently emerged as a controversial political issue in a number of liberal states, making their ethical scrutiny important. I begin by considering the historical practice of banishment and how denationalization power emerged and became consolidated in the United Kingdom and the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. I then discuss the nature of liberal objections to the power. My focus next shifts to the United Kingdom’s Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act of 2002, which attempted to create a “liberal” denationalization power. In the final section of the article, I discuss whether the Act successfully addresses liberal concerns and in so doing shed light on the possibility of reconciling liberal principles with conditional citizenship.