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


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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Divisions: School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics & International Relations
School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Green, S 2012, 'Much ado about not-very-much? Assessing ten years of German citizenship reform', Citizenship Studies, vol 16, no. 2, pp. 173-188. Citizenship Studies is available online at
Uncontrolled Keywords: Germany,citizenship,dual citizenship,jus sanguinis,jus soli,naturalisation,J Political Science,Geography, Planning and Development,Political Science and International Relations
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2012-04-30
Authors: Green, Simon (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0298-634X)



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