Acquisition and Loss of Nationality, Volume 1: Comparative by Rainer Bauböck, Eva Ersbøll, Kees Groenendijk, Harald

By Rainer Bauböck, Eva Ersbøll, Kees Groenendijk, Harald Waldrauch

Acquisition and lack of Nationality brings jointly a crew of thirty researchers for an in-depth research of nationality legislation in all fifteen pre-2004 member states of the ecu Union. quantity One offers special comparisons of the citizenship legislation of all fifteen international locations, whereas quantity includes person reviews of every country's legislation. jointly, the books are the main entire to be had source at the query of ecu nationality.

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33 The purpose of the first protocol was primarily the amendment of a number of provisions concerning the possibility of renouncing the nationality of a contracting party and the nationality of married women. 34 It was only ratified by three states. 35 Its main focus was on the facilitation of acquisition by migrant workers who have settled permanently in the Member States of the Council of Europe. Therefore, the preservation of the nationality of origin was promoted as an important factor in achieving the objective of integration.

12, ensuring that decisions relating to nationality are open to administrative or judicial review in conformity with internal law, may raise some difficulties. Although the right of appeal may well be judged a common European standard, it is doubtful whether in matters of nationality a right of appeal must be granted in every case. 17 The procedural provisions of art. 10-12 ECN also support the human rights character of nationality law. The obligation to give a written reasoning as well as the right to judicial or administrative review, however, cannot yet be considered as customary international law, even within the European sphere.

Expecting applicants for naturalisation to acquire basic language skills can promote their socio-economic integration and enable new citizens to participate in public political life. Written tests on language and knowledge of society, history and the constitution, however, do not provide sufficient flexibility in judging relevant skills and deter many poorly- skilled or elderly immigrants. On the other hand, vague criteria such as good character, level of integration or assimilation often give too much scope to arbitrary decisions or the discriminatory treatment of migrants of different origins.

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