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: Voting rights and migration, University of Basel | nccr – on the move, 27 January 2021, 15:00-18:30 pm (CET).

Webinar Series: Citizenship by Investment: Law, policy, and sociology, COMPAS University of Oxford, 28 January  – 11 March 2021.

Applications: Master Programme in Transnational Governance at the EUI School of Transnational Governance. Deadline: 31 January 2021.

GLOBALCIT Publications

Report on Citizenship Law: Namibia

Report on Citizenship Law: Zambia

Working Paper: Revising citizenship within the European Union : is a genuine link requirement the way forward?

Report on Citizenship Law: Iran

New literature

Odile Ammann
Passports for Sale: How (Un)Meritocratic Are Citizenship by Investment Programmes?
European Journal of Migration and Law

Djordje Sredanovic
The tactics and strategies of naturalisation: UK and EU27 citizens in the context of Brexit
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Chulwoo Lee
Nation v. State: Constitutionalizing Transnational Nationhood, Creating Ethnizens, and Engaging with Kin-Foreigners in Europe and Asia
Asian Journal of Law and Society

More studies