Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT)

Through their laws on citizenship and electoral rights, states determine who belongs to the people in whose name they govern and for whom they assume responsibility vis-à-vis other states. Citizenship is thus a fundamental feature of the international state system and is frequently contested in domestic and international politics. GLOBALCIT is committed to fact-based and non-partisan analysis of citizenship laws and policies around the globe.

From 2017 GLOBALCIT is the successor of EUDO CITIZENSHIP, which started in 2009 with an initial focus on citizenship laws in the EU Member States and gradually expanded its thematic and geographic scope. The new name reflects our Observatory’s worldwide coverage.


CfP: Rights and Status. The Role of Citizenship in Immigrant Integration and Diaspora Building, GLOBALCIT Annual Conference, 29-30 November 2018, EUI Florence. Application deadline: 1 July 2018

CfP: PhD Workshop on Citizenship & Statelessness, Tilburg University, 29 October – 1 November 2018. Application deadline: 4 June 2018.

CfA: Two doctoral and one post-doctoral positions (3 years) on the ERC project Migration, Transnationalism and Social Protection in (post-)crisis Europe (MiTSoPro) led by Dr. Jean-Michel Lafleur at the University of Liège. Application deadline: 4 June 2018.

GLOBALCIT Publications

Working Paper: Contested territories, liminal polities, performative citizenship : a comparative analysis

Working Paper: EU citizenship: still a fundamental status?

Report on citizenship law :  South Africa

Regional report on citizenship : the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Comparative report : citizenship in Asia


New literature

Diego Acosta, The National versus the Foreigner in South America. 200 Years of Migration and Citizenship Law, Cambridge University Press, 2018


Joost Jansen, Nationality swapping in the Olympic Games 1978–2017: A supervised machine learning approach to analysing discourses of citizenship and nationhood, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 2018


Leah Bassel, Pierre Monforte & Kamran Khan, Making political citizens? Migrants’ narratives of naturalization in the United Kingdom, Citizenship Studies, 2018


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