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Limits of European Citizenship: European Integration and Domestic Immigration Policies


  • Maarten P. Vink


This paper studies the distribution and legitimisation of civil, political and social entitlements to non-citizens resident within the territory of EU member states. Is national citizenship indeed no longer imperative to membership in the national political community? Apart from trying to assess the meaning of European citizenship, it is also a test-case for the effect of 'Europe' on the domestic incorporation of migrants. By analysing parliamentary debates from the 1990s on the status of Union citizens and third country nationals in the Netherlands, the paper demonstrates the accidental and arbitrary nature of European citizenship.

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  • Maarten P. Vink, 2003. "Limits of European Citizenship: European Integration and Domestic Immigration Policies," The Constitutionalism Web-Papers p0018, University of Hamburg, Faculty for Economics and Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Institute of Political Science.
  • Handle: RePEc:erp:conweb:p0018

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    1. Maarten P. Vink, 2001. "The Limited Europeanization of Domestic Citizenship Policy: Evidence from the Netherlands," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 39(5), pages 875-896, December.
    2. Vink, Maarten P., 2002. "Negative and Positive Integration in European Immigration Policies," European Integration online Papers (EIoP), European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA-A), vol. 6, August.
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    European citizenship; European elections; European identity; Europeanization; free movement; immigration policy; implementation; minorities; Netherlands; reverse discrimination;

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