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 papers: “The Anxieties of Migration and Integration in Turbulent Times“, 14-15 January 2021, Tallinn University, Estonia. Deadline for submissions: 10 July 2020.

Impact Report: “Stateless in the time of a Global Pandemic”, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion.

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

New literature

Elif Naz Kayran and Merve Erdilmen
When do states give voting rights to non-citizens? The role of population, policy, and politics on the timing of enfranchisement reforms in liberal democracies
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2020

Thanh D. Nguyen
A citizen by any other name: Postcolonial cop out in Section 4, Article XIX of Vietnam’s Law on Nationality
Georgetown Immigration Law Journal

Antje Ellerman (Editor)
Special Issue: Discrimination in migration and citizenship
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

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