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.


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

MiLifeStatus team led by the GLOBALCIT co-director Maarten Vink, wins the 2018 ‘Valorisatie’ prize for their research on implications of the proposed bill by the Dutch government to increase the residence requirement for naturalisation.

GLOBALCIT Publications

Report on political participation of mobile EU citizens: Cyprus

Report on political participation of mobile EU citizens: Germany

Report on political participation of mobile EU citizens: Romania

Report on political participation of mobile EU citizens: Poland

FAIREU key country report : electoral participation in Belgium


New literature

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Good practices in nationality laws for the prevention and reduction of statelessness, November 2018, Handbook for Parliamentarians N° 29


Niamh Quille, The Windrush Generation in Britain’s ‘Hostile Environment’: Racializing the Crimmigration Narrative, Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship Research Papers, 2018


Pau Palop-García & Luicy Pedroza, Passed, regulated, or applied? The different stages of emigrant enfranchisement in Latin America and the Caribbean, Democratization, 2018


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