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Einwanderungsland Bundesrepublik Deutschland? Explaining the Evolving Positions of German Political Parties on Citizenship Policy

German Politics and Society, Fall 1994, Issue 33 at 23

38 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2013 Last revised: 22 Aug 2013

Laura Murray-Tjan

Boston College Law School

Date Written: Fall 1994

Abstract

German political elites’ public rhetoric concealed a paradigm shift on citizenship policy that took place during the 1980s. This shift, from an exclusive, ethno-cultural understanding of citizenship towards a more universalist, multicultural perspective, was overlooked by the scholarly literature. The Article takes as its starting point a slight liberalization of German citizenship law in 1990 and predicts further reforms. Indeed, within the next decade, landmark changes were enacted that introduced birthright citizenship and allowed dual citizenship.

Note: "Einwanderungsland Bundesrepublik Deutschland?" may be roughly translated as, "Is Germany a Country of Immigration?".

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Murray-Tjan, Laura, Einwanderungsland Bundesrepublik Deutschland? Explaining the Evolving Positions of German Political Parties on Citizenship Policy (Fall 1994). German Politics and Society, Fall 1994, Issue 33 at 23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2306618

Laura Murray-Tjan (Contact Author)

Boston College Law School ( email )

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Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
United States

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