The governance of citizenship and belonging in Europe and the European Union

Costica Dumbrava*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic


The chapter discusses key citizenship developments in Europe from the perspective of the enduring tensions between lightening and thickening and between denationalisation and renationalisation. It focuses on five major issues that challenge the ideal type of modern citizenship 146as territorial, political and national membership, namely, international migration, cross border ethnic minorities, home-grown terrorism, marketization of citizenship and supranational citizenship. Despite talks about the inevitable demise of citizenship, citizenship remains a privileged tool for tackling challenges as various as integrating immigrants, reuniting the nation beyond borders, putting off terrorists or navigating the waters of financial crisis. This rebirth of citizenship comes with both opportunities and risks. On the one hand, reaffirming and debating citizenship could help building more legitimate institutions and more inclusive narratives of belonging. On the other hand, with nationalism rising in Europe and elsewhere, there is a clear danger of the renationalization of citizenship that will revert some of the liberal achievements with regard to immigrants’ easier access to citizenship, greater acceptance of dual citizenship, and stronger guarantees against citizenship deprivation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe
EditorsAgnieszka Weinar, Saskia Bonjour, Lyubov Zhyznomirska
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781315512846, 9781315512853
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


Dive into the research topics of 'The governance of citizenship and belonging in Europe and the European Union'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this