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Dual citizenship. The discourse on ethnic and political boundary-making in Germany

Discussions on the permissibility of dual citizenship play a special role in social discourse. In addition to technical and practical considerations, this concerns ideas of citizenship and naturalisation as ethnic and political boundary-making, as well as attitudes within a country towards permanent residents of a different origin and their integration in the social system. The policy brief introduces current developments and discusses critically objections against dual citizenship. (Published 11/2009)

   
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Daniel Naujoks

The discourse on ethnic and political boundary-making in Germany

Discussions on the permissibility of dual citizenship play a special role in social discourse. In addition to technical and practical considerations, this concerns ideas of citizenship and naturalisation as ethnic and political boundary-making, as well as attitudes. Weiter...

Berlin: "Bin ich eine Gefahr für Deutschland?" steht auf dem Plakat, das am Kinderwagen eines kleinen türkischen Buben befestigt ist, der mit seinen in Deutschland lebenden Eltern am 23.01.1999 vor der Berliner Gedächtniskirche an einer Demonstration für die doppelte Staatsbürgerschaft teinahm.

Classic objections and possible counter-arguments

Classic arguments against dual citizenship may be divided into three groups. The first group is directed at the question of whether dual citizenship is permissible. Another group of arguments relates to technical difficulties, the third group includes socio-political objections. Weiter...

Menschen mit Plakaten nehmen am Mittwoch (31.01.2007) vor dem Bundesinnenministerium in Berlin an einer Demonstration der Türkischen Gemeinde in Deutschland teil. Die Teilnehmer der Kundgebung demonstrieren für ein Recht auf doppelte Staatsbürgerschaft.

What characterises the current debate?

Many analysts study the interests of "states" and their objections to dual citizenship. However, the necessary legal regimes, which recognise or reject the simultaneous possession of multiple citizenships, are not created by "the state" in a "black box mechanism". Weiter...

Gökay Sofuoglu, der Vorsitzende der Türkischen Gemeinde in Baden-Württemberg, hält am 07.06.2013 in Stuttgart (Baden-Württemberg) einen deutschen und einen türkischen Pass in der Hand. Gökay Sofuoglo hat die doppelte Staatsbürgerschaft.

Naturalisation, democracy and rule of law: risks and opportunities

It is especially important at this point to analyse critically whether, and if so, to what extent, the debate about dual citizenship is associated with arguments relating to the naturalisation of foreigners in general. Weiter...

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Conclusion

Developments in the political system show that despite existing concerns there is a certain willingness to take a fresh look at dual citizenship and to accept it to a higher degree. The Intercultural Council, has established an alliance for action. Weiter...

Dual citizenship

References and Further Reading

Here you can find references for the Policy Brief "Dual citizenship. The discourse on ethnic and political boundary-making in Germany" by Daniel Naujoks. Weiter...

 

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