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.


Position paper: Even before the pandemic, statelessness has been invisible” Involving stateless people in Europe’s COVID-19 response“, European Network on Statelessness.

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

Jo Shaw
The People in Question Citizens and Constitutions in Uncertain Times
Bristol University Press

Kristin Surak
Millionaire mobility and the sale of citizenship
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Thomas Huddleston
Naturalisation in context: how nationality laws and procedures shape immigrants’ interest and ability to acquire nationality in six European countries
Comparative Migration Studies, 2020

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