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.


Webinar: National statuses for migrants in need of protection: Ireland and the EU (European Migration Network Ireland), 28 May 2020, 10:00 (GMT+1).

Survey request: The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) is calling for information on how the pandemic, and related law and policy changes, are affecting stateless persons, and/or civil society attempts to address statelessness.

GLOBALCIT Publications

Working Paper: Citizenship: contrasting dynamics at the interface of integration and constitutionalism

Working Paper: Citizenship loss and deprivation in the European Union (27 + 1)

Report on Citizenship Law: Rwanda

Comparative regional report on citizenship law : Anglophone Caribbean

New literature

Sara Kalm
Citizenship Capital
Global Society

Thomas McGee and Zahra Albarazi
Eight Years of Displacement: Syria’s Statelessness Still Unidentified
Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration

Özlem Altan-Olcay and Evren Balta
The American Passport in Turkey. National Citizenship in the Age of Transnationalism
University of Pennsylvania Press

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