Global Citizenship Compact

Global Citizenship Compact

On December 19, 2018, the U.N. General Assembly endorsed the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), a non-binding agreement approved in Marrakech on 10 December by 164 Member States. The GCM is the first time in which the international community has widely agreed on how to address global migration. The topic of citizenship, however, has been left outside of the GCM and remains the last stronghold of national sovereignty, which seems to need no international regulation. Is this assumption still politically valid, or is the world ready for a Global Compact on Citizenship?

In essence, the project seeks to formulate international standards by which states can admit migrants without fundamentally changing their citizenship narratives and slipping into extreme nationalism. The outcome can serve as a basis for a future reform in international law, EU law, and national legal systems.

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