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Much ado about not-very-much? Assessing ten years of German citizenship reform

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This article examines the development and impact of German citizenship policy over the past decade. As its point of departure, it takes the 2000 Citizenship Law, which sought to undertake a full-scale reform and liberalisation of access to German membership. The article discusses this law's content and subsequent amendments, focusing particularly on its quantitative impact, asking why the number of naturalisations has been lower than originally expected. The article outlines current challenges to the law's structure operation and identifies potential trajectories for its future development.
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Keywords: Germany; citizenship; dual citizenship; jus sanguinis; jus soli; naturalisation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Aston TriangleBirmingham, UK

Publication date: 01 April 2012

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