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.


Call for proposals: Statelessness in the New Decade: Taking Stock of the Global Campaign to End Statelessness, April 2021, University of Ottawa (Canada). Deadline: 15 May 2020.

Summer courses: Statelessness. Tilburg University (Netherlands).

GLOBALCIT Publications

Report on Citizenship Law: Tanzania

Report on Citizenship Law: Kenya

Comparative paper: Trends in Birthright Citizenship in EU 28 2013-2020

Working Paper: Cities vs states : should urban citizenship be emancipated from nationality?

Comparative regional report on citizenship law : Oceania

New literature

Victoria Finn
Migrant voting: here, there, in both countries, or nowhere
Citizenship Studies

Ayalet Schachar
The shifting border: Legal cartographies of migration and mobility
Manchester University Press

Erin Aeran Chung, Darcie Draudt, Yunchen Tian
Regulating membership and movement at the meso-level
Citizenship Studies

More studies