Citizenship attribution in a new country of immigration: Ireland

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Title: Citizenship attribution in a new country of immigration: Ireland
Authors: Honohan, Iseult
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Date: 27-May-2010
Abstract: This paper examines how the change in Ireland's demographic condition from a country of emigration to one of large-scale immigration has affected citizenship attribution. The paper outlines the origin of Irish citizenship laws, with particular reference to the pure ius soli system applied to those born on the island of Ireland until 2005. While significant changes in citizenship attribution have emerged in response to increasing immigration, the specific character of these changes has been shaped also by other forces including the issue of Northern Ireland, the relationship of the Republic of Ireland to the UK, and the development and expansion of the European Union. These have influenced recent notable changes in the attribution of citizenship at birth and on the basis of marriage, and proposed changes in requirements for naturalisation. The paper examines whether and to what extent these changes represent a convergence towards a European norm and whether they signify a changing conception of citizenship in Ireland.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Journal: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Volume: 36
Issue: 5
Start page: 811
End page: 827
Keywords: CitizenshipIrelandIus soliImmigrationNationality
DOI: 10.1080/13691831003764359
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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