Who is ‘One of Us’? The Nexus between Naturalisation, Language, and Minority Protection
Karin Jóhanna Knudsen, Hjalmar P. Petersen and Kári á Rógvi (eds.), Four or More Languages for All: Language Policy Challenges of the Future, Oslo: Novus, 2012 (Forthcoming)
22 Pages Posted: 22 May 2012
Date Written: May 21, 2012
This contribution provides a tour d’horison of the numerous problems that arise in the context of the naturalisation of the newcomers in the minority regions and are related to the framing of the naturalisation laws which are usually premised on the idea of the necessity of culture and language testing. Although often well-meant, such requirements are antithetical to the needs of those seeking naturalisation in minority communities, also weakening minority regions by undermining their social cohesion and legitimacy. Largely ignored in the literature, the connection between autonomy and naturalisation regimes is significant both at the regional and national level in the majority of the countries where significant minority groups are present. This contribution demonstrates the problem’s acuteness and goes on to analyze the key issues that arise at the interface of autonomy and naturalisation regimes. A particular emphasis is made on the linguistic requirements.
Keywords: European Union, citizenship, naturalisation, language testing, migration, culture tests, minority, nationality
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