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  

Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 21, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kochenov, Dimitry, Who is ‘One of Us’? The Nexus between Naturalisation, Language, and Minority Protection (May 21, 2012). 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). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2063800

Dimitry Kochenov (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
Groningen, 9712 EK
Netherlands

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