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EWSI Special Feature 2012/03: Access to Nationality for Third-country Nationals
[20/11/2012] [EU-wide] [Report] [English]
Posted by : Integration Expert
Authors : Migration Policy Group (EWSI Editorial Team)
What is a Special Feature?
Special Features are designed to make the link between current news on integration and EWSI content. In doing so, they help to:
- Put what is heard in the news on integration into a wider and deeper perspective;
- Bring back balance to the often unbalanced portrayal of integration in the news;
- Guide users through the maze of EWSI content by acting as a ‘content vade mecum’.
How was this topic chosen?
Choosing this topic was inspired by recent developments in Member States’ naturalisation policies as well as recurrent references to access to nationality and citizenship in recent electoral campaigns. The conditions for access to nationality of the Member States are regulated under the national laws, but acquisition of a Member State's nationality automatically entails acquisition of Union citizenship, to which an additional set of rights is attached. Moreover, access to nationality may have an impact on migrants' integration into the receiving society and is therefore of interest also for the EU cooperation on integration.