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National procedures: Naturalisation ceremonies in France and Germany

Author(s) Wagner, B.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
Naturalisation ceremonies in the European Union are national domains with effects on all member states. If a nation state awards citizenship this includes the right of entry, work and settlement in all member states of the European Union. By the national certificate of naturalisation the change of status to European citizenship is automatically implemented. This double status passage is visible neither in the naturalisation acts nor in the ceremonies and often new citizens don’t even know that they have gained European citizenship as a result of the national proceedings. The article is arguing that a European representation should be made visible in the national naturalisation ceremonies. Keywords: double status passage, European gift, Third space, inclusive European citizenship

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