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Recent publications on citizenship laws and policies


Les frontières de l'« identité nationale ». L'injonction à l'assimilation en France métropolitaine et coloniale

Par Abdellali Hajjat, Editions La Découverte, coll. « Sciences humaines », Paris, 2012

Comment un État-nation trace-t-il les frontières de ce qu’il perçoit comme son « identité » ? Pourquoi et comment, pour y parvenir, cherche-t-il constamment à définir son extériorité au travers d’un Autre jugé « inassimilable » ? En revenant sur les origines historiques de l’injonction à l’assimilation dans la procédure de naturalisation, ce livre cherche d’abord à montrer que ces « frontières » sont mouvantes. Celles-ci sont en effet le fruit de facteurs multiples, liés au contexte social et politique aussi bien qu’aux glissements des significations et des usages du concept même d’« assimilation » (des colonies vers la métropole, du discours politique vers le juridique…).
Mais, outre cette dimension historique, ce livre novateur analyse la manière dont l’administration mesure l’« assimilation » des candidats. Grâce à une enquête minutieuse en préfecture qui aura duré deux ans (2006-2007), l’auteur met ainsi en lumière l’invention des critères d’assimilation et les usages administratifs qui en sont faits, également déterminés par la concurrence de logiques administratives distinctes, les pratiques des agents subalternes et la « naturalisabilité » des candidats.
La « vérité objective » de la naturalisation est particulièrement bien révélée par les cas de refus de naturalisation pour « défaut d’assimilation », qui concernent aujourd’hui principalement des femmes et/ou des musulmans. Ces refus soulèvent ainsi les questions du hijab, de la polygamie et de l’« islamisme », qui constituent à l’heure actuelle autant de frontières à la prétendue « identité nationale ».

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EU Citizenship and the Market

Edited by Richard Bellamy and Uta Staiger

This publication is the outcome of a year-long project, run by the UCL European Institute in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in London on “EU Citizenship and the Market: Rights and Identities in London’s European Communities”. The project sought to learn, convey and discuss information about the ways European citizens exercise their market-related rights when they move to, or do business with, another Member State. In particular, it aimed to understand if and how this experience affects their sense of identity and solidarity. The project involved two focus groups (in February and March 2011) composed of randomly selected EU nationals resident in London, and a final conference (in June 2011) where the project’s findings were presented and leading academics debated the nature and future prospects of Union citizenship before members of the public, including some of the focus group participants. This booklet comprises versions of all but two of the presentations from the conference.

With contributions by Rainer Bauböck, Richard Bellamy, Christian Joppke, Dora Kostakopoulou, Dimitry Kochenov, Madeleine Kennedy-Macfoy, Uta Staiger. Foreword by Jonathan Scheele.

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Ethnic Citizenship Regimes: Europeanization, Post-war Migration and Redressing Past Wrongs

By Aleksandra Maatsch
National citizenship is still the last bastion of states' sovereignty, meaning that EU institutions cannot exercise any direct influence on national citizenship legislation in the EU member states. On the other hand, the process of political integration in the EU, international human rights' development and globalization are claimed to have indirectly challenged states' exclusive competences in that legal area. As a consequence of these processes a number of questions arise: what kind of national citizenship has developed in the member states of the European Union? Which principles have informed it? Which factors have triggered the legislative reforms? This book sheds light on the processes that have transformed national citizenship of the European Union's member states and explains the legislative changes that have taken place since the mid-1980s in Germany, Hungary and Poland.

Naturalisation: A Passport for the Better Integration of Immigrants?


This conference proceedings provides the papers presented at the OECD/European Commission joint seminar on Naturalisation and the Socio-Economic Integration of Children held in October 2010 in Brussels. It takes stock of the current knowledge regarding the links between host-country nationality and socio-economic integration of immigrants and their children, building on novel evidence on this issue. It also discusses the role of nationalisation as a tool in the overall framework for immigration and integration policy, with the aim of identifying good practices.

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Also available in: French

Statelessness in the European Union : displaced, undocumented, unwanted

Edited by Caroline Sawyer and Brad K. Blitz, Cambridge University Press, 2011
Statelessness in the European Union draws together original research from over one hundred interviews in Estonia, France, Slovenia and the United Kingdom to provide one of the first comparative accounts of the de facto or de jure stateless populations in the European Union. It blends legal, political and empirical research to examine how non-citizens without secure status, in some cases established undocumented migrants and their descendants, manage their lives in four European Union member states. Normative and legal analyses of the practical meaning of basic human rights are combined with a groundbreaking investigation of the obstacles that prevent people from accessing essential services. Contrasting the situation of Europe's stateless now with that examined by Arendt over fifty years ago, it considers proposals for the future security of Europe's stateless people.