What are the linkages between citizenship, migration and mobility? We often study citizenship as the tool for
social closure and look at laws through which states regulate the acquisition and loss of the legal status of
nationality; we study it as a hierarchy of entitlements and prospects within and across states, as well as a
structure through which individuals construct and articulate their identities and belonging. Far less frequently
is citizenship examined as a powerful push and pull factor of migratory patterns and global mobilities.
Some citizenships enable privileged, others economic, or even forced mobilities or migration. The increasing
acceptance of dual citizenship is a major facilitating factor for migrants’ mobility between host and origin
countries. Migration, in turn, has an impact on how states regulate the access to and loss of citizenship, as well as the
associated privileges of citizens. Traditional immigration countries in the Americas and Oceania, for instance,
transmit citizenship mainly through ius soli at birth; emigrant countries seek to maintain links with the
diaspora and tolerate dual citizenship; countries experiencing recent waves of migration articulate the tension
between their cultural identities and economic benefits of migration through stricter naturalisation conditions.
Mobilities are premised on citizenship and can turn into settlement and lead to migration, or eventually a new
citizenship. They are limited or enabled through a plethora of legal statuses that exist across, within, and
among countries. They play out in different ways in different corners of the world.
This GLOBALCIT webinar will take place on 27 April 2021 at 18.00 – 19.30 CEST. It will be chaired by GLOBALCIT co-director Jelena Džankić (European University Institute) and will feature Yossi Harpaz (Tel Aviv University), Janine Dahinden (University of Neuchâtel), Caroline Nalule (University of Oxford), and Diego Acosta (University of Bristol). The full programme is available here.
The webinar will be organised in a roundtable format with four speakers who are asked to address three sets
of questions, using insights from their own research. In the first round, we discuss the role of citizenship as an
enabling factor for mobility and migration in different geographic, political and social contexts. We a look at
how different legal arrangements – such as supranational agreements, economic conditions – such as wealth,
or political circumstances – political contestation have impacted on the citizenship-migration-mobility nexus. In
the second round, we explore, in turn, how different migrant trajectories and new forms of mobility have
affected the notion of citizenship, understood primarily as political membership. In the final round of
questions, we discuss the global governance of citizenship, mobility and migration and the avenues that it may
take in the post-pandemic world.
The ZOOM link to the Webinar will be provided following REGISTRATION. Deadline for registration: 25 April.