Throughout countries of the so-called global South, rates of naturalisation are low – even where there are large populations of immigrants. And outside South America only few countries automatically include second generations of immigrant origin through ius soli rules. GLOBALCIT has just concluded its 15th GLOBALCIT Forum in which 15 authors discussed a proposal by Bronwen Manby to unblock access to citizenship by empowering local communities to naturalise foreigners. We want to build on the insights from this debate in a webinar that looks into the broader question of how important access to citizenship is in the global South compared to other legal statuses and documents, such as birth certificates or permanent residence permits. The webinar will also ask what is the best strategy for closing citizenship gaps and how strongly success depends on national contexts.
The webinar is scheduled for 1 December 2020 at 18.00 – 19.30 CET. It will be chaired by Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute and Austrian Academy of Sciences) and will include presentations by Bronwen Manby (London School of Economics and Political Science), Amal de Chickera (Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, London), Sujata Ramachandran (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada), and Imke Harbers (University of Amsterdam).
The ZOOM link to the Webinar will be provided following REGISTRATION
Deadline for registration: 30 November