Migrants and Citizens

In which I remember becoming Canadian, and fail the UK Citizenship test…

What does it take to make a real citizen? For most of us, nothing at all. Our citizenship is arbitrarily assigned at birth by virtue of place or parentage. But immigrants have to earn their citizenship through naturalisation:… Read More

Homeward bound?

This — on my favourite theme of refugee migration — is shortly to appear on LSE’s Africa blog: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/   There is a poster in my office at LSE.  A shot of subway graffiti reading “Refugee go home”. The… Read More

For richer, for poorer

If the UK’s coalition government has a single theme it likes to spin its policies around, it’s solidarity. And like the forgotten language of the ‘big society’ and the faux-austerity practices of Cabinet millionaires, the UK Government’s relentless… Read More

Citizen London (or what is forced migration?)

What isforced migration? That’s a time-honoured question every lecturer teaching. An Introduction to Refugee Studies asks.  And as the students who try and answer that first-week question quickly realise, the answer is deceptively complex. We can identify the… Read More

State-making in Somalia

I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks now:  it appeared earlier on the [email protected] blog: Last week’s London Somalia summit began with bold proclamations. It ended in a whisper.  The anticlimactic end was not altogether… Read More

It’s the rich wot get the visa, it’s the poor wot get the blame…

What price citizenship? Last Thursday,Damien Green put a figure on it: £31,000 per year for five years. This salary floor should – apparently – ensure that only the ‘brightest and the best’ are able are able to settle… Read More

Migrants: foreign foes or equal citizens?

‘370,000 Migrants on the dole’ shouts the normally restrained Daily Telegraph’s front page today. A claim that – as the Today programme pointed out – stands up to little scrutiny.  These are ‘migrants’ that in many cases are… Read More

You can stay, but you have to go…

All gifts come with strings attached: but some have more strings attached than others. In 2008, Tanzania announced it was prepared to offer naturalization to 162,000 Burundian refugees. Known as the “1972” caseload (to distinguish them from the… Read More

Sudan, Secession and Dual Citizenship

This week, Southern Sudanese voters have cast their ballots in the long-awaited referendum which will confirm the independence of South Sudan.  So far, the process has been greeted with cautious optimism.  Despite widespread pessimism just a few months… Read More

Verified by Visas

The Henley Visa Restriction Index ranks countries across the world according to their citizens’ ability to cross border and enter freely into other states’ territories. Ever since a graph in the Economist based on its 2010 findings caught… Read More