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Seeking better life conditions or fleeing persecution are no new phenomena.
Nor is receiving foreigners in a country. But welcoming economic migrants
or sheltering refugees means more than guaranteeing one’s capacity to earn a
living. It means offering migrants and refugees the possibility to embrace the
opportunities the receiving society offers to its nationals.
It means guaranteeing the opportunity of becoming a fully-fledged member of a
society, just like nationals, in a word, a citizen. A little more than twenty years
after the word denizenship was coined, designating the status of those living on a
territory without being recognized political rights, most Western societies provide
for ways to access to citizenship.
Be they more or less restrictive, citizenship regimes are based on principles that
are most often themselves based on history.
This book intends to shed light on what governing citizenship in the 21st century
means. It explores the principles underlying citizenship regimes for migrants,
refugees and their children through the analysis of the link between democracy
and citizenship, the comparison of different logics and their empirical
manifestation, and the study of emblematic cases.
Part 1 - Governing Citizenship: Principles and their Implementation
Chapter 1 - Inclusive political community: the challenge of liberal polities
Chapter 2 - Acquisition of citizenship: comparing European legal frameworks
Chapter 3 - Refugees, integration and citizenship
Part 2 - Case-Studies
Chapter 4 - The acquisition of US citizenship
Chapter 5 - The acquisition of Australian citizenship
Chapter 6 - Refugees and citizenship in the UK
Chapter 7 - Refugees and citizenship in Sweden
Chapter 8 - Reform projects in Italy
Chapter 9 - Migrants' voting rights: models of participation