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Citizenship, migration and (contested) statehood

Global Citizenship Seminar Series

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19 January 2023

13:00 - 14:30 CET



This seminar will host the paper presentations by Ramesh Ganohariti and Pau Palop García

Ramesh Ganohariti | Dublin City University

Conceptualising citizenship in contested states through the lens of multiplicity

Due to rising global interconnectedness, individuals increasingly have multiple citizenships. Individuals living in contested states can concurrently be considered citizens of the aspirant state, citizens of the base state, and stateless. In some cases, individuals may also voluntarily maintain dual citizenship. This makes them connected to multiple citizenship regimes and thus have multiple legal identities. In this presentation, I use the concept of multiplicity to unpack examples of complex and overlapping legal regimes affecting individuals residing in contested states. Multiplicity also affects individuals’ rights, duties, and belonging/identity and acknowledges the potential mismatch between the dimensions of citizenship. 

Pau Palop García | DeZIM Institut 

Migration and citizenship policies in the interface of sovereignty and statehood: a comparison of the PRC, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau 

In Western-centric analyses on immigration, states claim the right to decide whether and which immigrants enter the territory, and with which rights. But in other areas that do not fit those standards, what are the policy configurations that regulate migration and citizenship? I present a comparative project on the Peoples’ Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau—an area with a variety of sui-generis sovereignty and multi-level migration governance arrangements. I explain each area’s configurations internally, towards each other, and externally. I show that the population control of internal and intra-regional migration supersedes the Western-centric biases of internal versus international migration and national versus non-national distinctions. In some cases, more than immigration regulation, different forms of emigration control and policies reveal clear limits to statehood.  


Alessandra Caldini


Ramesh Ganohariti (Dublin City University)

Pau Palop García (DeZIM Institut)

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