The Citizen-Makers: Ethical Dilemmas in Immigrant Integration
25(6) European Law Journal 524 (2019)
33 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2019 Last revised: 4 Mar 2021
Date Written: August 5, 2019
The topic of citizen-making — turning migrants into citizens — is one of the most politically contested policy areas in Europe. Access to European citizenship is governed by national law with almost no EU regulation. The Article brings to the fore normative concerns associated with citizen-making policies in Europe (Part I). It examines ethical dilemmas involved in the process of creating new citizens (Part II) and promotes the adoption of a European legal framework on access to citizenship (Part III). The overall claim is that every newcomer will be required to demonstrate, as a prerequisite for citizenship, attachments to the constitution of the specific Member State, yet the test will be functional, flexible, and non-exclusive. As the topic of EU citizenship law is currently at the center of the European agenda, this Article has both theoretical significance and policy implications.
Keywords: integration, immigrant education, citizenship, naturalisation, EU law, ethics, political theory, attachments
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