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The Challenge of Building an Independent Citizenship Regime in a Partially Recognised State: The Case of Kosovo

CITSEE Working Paper 2010/04

33 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2011 Last revised: 31 Jan 2014

Gezim Krasniqi

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This paper analyses efforts to create an independent citizenship regime in the partially recognised state of Kosovo. It argues that in a situation where there was no previous independent baseline for citizenship, Kosovo opted for the ‘new state’ model in defining and constituting its citizenry. Thus, by defining the new body of citizens in terms of territory and residence (though with certain conditions and limitations), the ‘new born’ state differs substantially from most of other countries that emerged after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. This paper includes a historical account of citizenship policies in the territory of Kosovo, a detailed analysis of the new Kosovar citizenship regime, and an overview of the current political debates related to citizenship.

Keywords: Citizenship, Kosovo, Yugoslavia, Serbia, residents, minority, statelessness

JEL Classification: K19, K10, P30

Suggested Citation

Krasniqi, Gezim, The Challenge of Building an Independent Citizenship Regime in a Partially Recognised State: The Case of Kosovo (2010). CITSEE Working Paper 2010/04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1914397 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1914397

Gezim Krasniqi (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh - School of Law ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

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