How cities and regions are turning immigrants into citizens – whatever the central governments may think

Traditionally understudied by scholars of social policy, migration and territorial politics, the rescaling of socio-economic and cultural policies to the subnational level has, combined with decentralisation reforms, turned immigrant integration, encompassing the socio-economic, cultural-religious and legal-political realms, into a competence of sub-national authorities.

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Citizenship stripping, fair procedures, and the separation of powers: A note on Damache v. Minister for Justice

Damache concerned a constitutional challenge to s.19 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 (‘the 1956 Act’). This section outlined the statutory process the executive branch – acting through the Minister for Justice (‘the Minister’) – had to follow before revoking a certificate of naturalisation. The Supreme Court of Ireland held that the fact the executive both initiated the proposal to revoke and made the final decision to confirm or dismiss it, was contrary to fair procedures.

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Ghoumid and others v. France: The Grey Hole of Nationality Revocation

Back in 2015, five individuals were deprived of their French nationality. These five individuals challenged the revocation decrees before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHRts). The decision in Ghoumid and others v. France was issued on 26 June 2020. The ECtHRts failed to recognise any violation of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Worse, it created a “grey hole,” i.e., formal protection of the rule of law which is substantially inconsistent. Read More …