Modernisation of German citizenship: completing the paradigm shift of 2000

This blogpost summarises the main changes to the German Citizenship Act, pointing out important changes to the original draft during the legislative process and discusses the political responses to the Act. It also places the current reform in the context of the reforms of German citizenship law since the early 1990s, showing how German citizenship law has been increasingly liberalised. Read More …

Pandemic Citizenship: Ruptures or Reinforcements of Old Trends?

How much has the pandemic changed the governance of citizenship? Which ad hoc responses to the global health crisis have become embedded in ways states allocate rights and obligations to their citizens, and which ones have withered away? The pandemic has opened up a number of avenues to reflect on the meaning and underpinnings of citizenship. This blogpost illustrates how contemporary modes of governance of citizenship still correspond to old trends and traditional conceptions of citizenship.

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The Global State of Citizenship: What’s New in the GLOBALCIT Citizenship Law Dataset, Version 2.0?

This is the third in a series of blog posts on The Global State of Citizenship, accompanying the launch of an updated version of the GLOBALCIT Citizenship Law Dataset. The first blog post on discrimination in citizenship law was published on May 1. The second blog post on security-based citizenship deprivation was published on May 12. This blog post highlights what is new in the updated version of the Dataset compared to its predecessor.

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The Global State of Citizenship: Discrimination in nationality laws increasingly exceptional on the surface, but pervasive behind the scenes

This is the first post in a series of blog posts on The Global State of Citizenship, accompanying the launch of an updated version of the GLOBALCIT Citizenship Law Dataset. The v2 version of the Dataset will include data on all modes of acquisition and loss of citizenship in 191 countries, covering the years 2020-2022; as well a longitudinal data on dual citizenship acceptance worldwide, 1960-2022.

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