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Recent publications on citizenship laws and policies


The Impact of Acquiring EU Status on the Earnings of East European Migrants in the UK: Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment

By Martin Ruhs, British Journal of Industrial Relations, February 2017

On 1 May 2004, 10 new states — including the ‘A8’ countries in Central and Eastern Europe — joined the European Union (EU). This article explores the impact of EU enlargement on A8 workers who were already working in the UK before 1 May 2004 — legally or illegally. More specifically, the article analyses the impact of the change in the legal (immigration) status that A8 workers experienced on 1 May 2004 on their earnings in the UK. The empirical analysis employs difference-in-difference estimation using data obtained from a relatively small but unique survey of migrant workers from four of the A8 countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Lithuania) and two other East European countries (Ukraine and Bulgaria), carried out one month before and six to eight months after EU enlargement in May 2004. The results of this exploratory analysis suggest a statistically significant and positive impact of acquiring EU status on earnings. The data further indicate that, in part, this effect was brought about by A8 workers gaining the right to freely change jobs after EU enlargement. There is no evidence of a ‘legalization effect’ on earnings.

Details at BJIR website.


Citizenship in Question: Evidentiary Birthright and Statelessness

By Benjamin  N. Lawrance and Jacqueline Stevens (eds.), Duke University Press, 2017

Citizenship is often assumed to be a clear-cut issue—either one has it or one does not. However, as the contributors to Citizenship in Question demonstrate, citizenship is not self-evident; it emerges from often obscure written records and is interpreted through ambiguous and dynamic laws. In case studies that analyze the legal barriers to citizenship rights in over twenty countries, the contributors explore how states use evidentiary requirements to create and police citizenship, often based on fictions of racial, ethnic, class, and religious differences. Whether examining the United States’ deportation of its own citizens, the selective use of DNA tests and secret results in Thailand, or laws that have stripped entire populations of citizenship, the contributors emphasize the political, psychological, and personal impact of citizenship policies. Citizenship in Question incites scholars to revisit long-standing political theories and debates about nationality, free movement, and immigration premised on the assumption of clear demarcations between citizens and noncitizens.

Details at the publisher’s website.


The Transnational Political Effects of Diasporic Citizenship in Countries of Destination: Overseas Citizenship of India and Political Participation in the United States

By Daniel Naujoks, in Diaspora as Cultures of Cooperation, ed. by David Carment and Ariane Sadjed, Springer 2017

The chapter provides an empirically grounded theory of how citizenship policies in migrants’ country of origin influence immigrants’ political activities, ethnic interest groups, and ethnic lobbying. Based on the study of India’s citizenship-like diaspora membership status, the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI), this chapter shows that the existence of OCI and the status passages toward OCI affect the political influence of the Indian-American community, as well as the political activities by community actors, especially the degree of community organisation, number of voters and individuals working for political parties, community involvement, and financial contributions. The citizenship-like status accomplishes these effects by increasing naturalisation of ethnic Indians in the USA, by affecting categories of identification with India, as well as by fostering the good-will of individuals and community organisations.

Details at publisher’s website. 


Voting Rights of Refugees

By Ruvi Ziegler, Cambridge University Press, 2017

Voting Rights of Refugees develops a novel legal argument about the voting rights of refugees recognised in the 1951 Geneva Convention. The main normative contention is that such refugees should have the right to vote in the political community where they reside, assuming that this community is a democracy and that its citizens have the right to vote. The book argues that recognised refugees are a special category of non-citizen residents: they are unable to participate in elections of their state of origin, do not enjoy its diplomatic protection and consular assistance abroad, and are unable or unwilling, owing to a well-founded fear of persecution, to return to it. Refugees deserve to have a place in the world, in the Arendtian sense, where their opinions are significant and their actions are effective. Their state of asylum is the only community in which there is any prospect of political participation on their part.

Details at the publisher’s website.


La citoyenneté à la française. Valeurs et réalités [French-style Citizenship. Values and Realities]

By Christophe Bertossi, CNRS Editions, 2016

In France, the question of citizenship has an important place in the public debate on immigration. These passionate debates are a reflection of the current controversies over the meanings given to  values such as "secularism", "universalism", "equality" or "community", and the shape they take in social and political reality.

To what extent the references to “secularism” and “integration” affect institutional practices? Is it possible to reduce the culture of citizenship to the existence of a national public culture? In short, how do we understand  the French "republican model" today?

Based on field surveys carried out in public institutions, such as the army and the hospital, Christophe Bertossi offers an unprecedented look at what French-style citizenship is, surpassing common dichotomies between republicanism and multiculturalism, secularism and communitarianism, public and private, values and practices.

Details at the publisher’s website.