Glossary on Citizenship and Electoral Rights

The GLOBALCIT Glossary covers two themes: the acquisition and loss of citizenship status, and the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in democratic elections.

The definitions in this glossary do not always reflect the uses of technical terms in the GLOBALCIT databases and publications. For other uses specific to our databases and indicators please consult the respective explanatory notes.

In the search box, please please use British spelling (-ise, -isation) instead of American (-ize, -ization).


Suggested citation: GLOBALCIT (2020). Glossary on Citizenship and Electoral Rights. San Domenico di Fiesole: Global Citizenship Observatory / Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies / European University Institute. Available at:

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