Citizenship and the marginalities of migrants

Owen, David (2013) Citizenship and the marginalities of migrants [in special issue: The Margins of Citizenship] Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 16, (3), pp. 326-343. (doi:10.1080/13698230.2013.795702).


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How should we conceive and address the position of migrants in receiving states? The argument offered here presents an account of this position in terms of civic marginalization, that is, marginalization relative to the norm of the national citizen. Two dimensions of civic marginalization are distinguished. First, marginalization with respect to the status of national citizenship which is addressed in terms of the issue of whether specific kinds of migrants should be entitled to access to national citizenship, and what, if any, conditions governing such access are justifiable. Second, marginalization with respect to the rights and duties of the national citizen, which is addressed in terms of the rights to which specific types of migrant are entitled and the duties which can be demanded of them as well as the duties of the state towards them. Distinguishing these two dimensions also helps to bring into focus their interaction with one another by demonstrating that whether, and under what conditions, a migrant has access to national citizenship is normatively consequential for their rights and duties and the duties of the state towards them. The argument also offers methodological reflections on approaching this topic and draws attention to the strengths and limitations of its own methodological strategy

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/13698230.2013.795702
ISSNs: 1369-8230 (print)
Organisations: Politics & International Relations
ePrint ID: 338360
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 11:46
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 17:09
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