Nationality, Citizenship and Ethno-Cultural Belonging: by C. Dumbrava

By C. Dumbrava

This ebook demanding situations mainstream arguments in regards to the de-ethnicization of citizenship in Europe, supplying a severe dialogue of normative justifications for ethno-cultural citizenship and an unique elaboration of rules of club compatible for modern liberal democratic states.

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Firstly, requiring people to reside in the country for very long periods of time before they can apply for naturalisation can be seen as an indicator of an ethno-culturally inspired reluctance to accept newcomers. In the survey, Macedonia and Switzerland require especially long periods of residence in the country for the purpose of naturalisation (13 and 12 years, respectively). Secondly, certain definitions of residence can be used to promote specific ethno-cultural goals. This is particularly relevant when borders or statehood change.

In the 1950s Spain concluded a series of treaties on dual citizenship with Latin American countries. , 2012: 6). Following the decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the Micheletti case,1 Spain renegotiated these agreements to allow for proper dual citizenship (De Groot, 2002). Spain also grants citizens of Latin American countries2 preferential access to citizenship by exempting them from the ordinary requirement regarding the renunciation of other citizenship. In Portugal the principle of maintaining privileged ties with Portuguese-speaking (Lusophone) countries is inscribed in the Constitution and is also one of the major pillars of Portuguese Foreign Policy (Piçarra and Gil, 2010: 29).

A. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. Yes Yes United Kingdom Yes Yes Yes Yes * There are considerable exceptions to this rule. ** This rule does not apply to citizens by birth. , 2013c). The policies of asymmetrical dual citizenship can be seen as driven by ethno-culturalist suspicions about the loyalty of naturalised citizens. ” I think that the two situations should be analysed from different perspectives. In the case of incoming naturalisation, the question is whether allowing immigrants to retain the citizenship of the state of origin is compatible with the process of admission.

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