I should check my draft posts more often…apparently I still had one last student guest blog from this spring. This one covers British citizenship policy (to match the other posts on Turkey, Norway, Hungary, Switzerland, and Germany).
Many people ask the question ‘What does it mean to be British?’ Citizenship in the United Kingdom is more than blood –individuals must hold specific attributes including civic and cultural beliefs.
Under the British Nationality Act of 1981, if a child is born in the United Kingdom they have an entitlement to register as a British citizen but are not naturally born a British citizen, as many people would think. To become a British Citizen, there are various requirements that must be followed to show the devoted relationship people have with the country. Continue Reading
Still going through a backlog of posts, here’s another guest post from one of the students in the European Politics course, this one on Germany’s (evolving) citizenship law.
Although Germany still has rather strict citizenship laws, this should not discount the fact that Germany has taken large steps to liberalize its policies especially in the last few years. Prior to 2000, Germany still defined citizenship under the principles laid out in the Nationality Law from 1913 that strictly emphasized jus sanguinis (“right of blood”). In 1999, the Nationality Act was approved that significantly reformed the old law and introduced elements of jus soli (“right of soil”). Continue Reading
Another student guest blog on citizenship laws in Europe – this one on Switzerland.
Unlike the majority of the policies and traditions in Switzerland, the attainment of citizenship is relatively straightforward. There are three paths that can be taken: birth, naturalization and marriage.
Picture from the article “”Tax Law Pushes US Expats to Give Up Passport” (see references)
Citizenship through birth is based upon the premise of “jus sanguinis, or law of the blood”. Unlike many countries, birth in Switzerland does not grant automatic citizenship. In order for citizenship to be given at birth, one of the following situations must be present: Continue Reading