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 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.
There will be time for Q&A from the audience.
The webinar is organised by the Global Citizenship Observatory.
To receive the ZOOM link to attend the workshop please REGISTER ONLINE by 26 April.