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MPI Symposium on Citizenship
May 15, 2009

Migration Policy Institute

MPI Symposium on Citizenship

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Policies & Attitudes Toward Immigrant Civic & Political Participation, Dual Citizenship, in the EU & North America (1 of 2)

Policies & Attitudes Toward Immigrant Civic & Political Participation, & Dual Citizenship, in the EU & North America (2 of 2)

The Role of Nationality and Citizenship in Immigrant Integration

Citizenship Policy in Comparative Perspective


Session I Speakers: Michael Jones-Correa, Professor of Government and Director of the American Studies Program, Cornell University; Marc Morjé Howard, Associate Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University; Noah Pickus, Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University; Margaret Stock, Professor of Law, U.S. Military Academy; and Frank Schmiedel, First Secretary, Political, Justice, & Home Affairs, Delegation of the European Commission in Washington, DC 

Session II Speakers: Hiroshi Motomura, Professor of Law, University of California at Los Angeles; Randall Hansen, Research Chair on Migration, University of Toronto; and Robert C. Smith, Associate Professor, Baruch College, City University of New York, CUNY

Session III Speakers: Renelle Forster, Assistant Secretary, Citizenship Branch, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Australia; Andrew Griffith, Director General for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Citizenship and Immigration Canada; Chris Hedges, Assistant Director of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, United Kingdom Border Agency, Home Office, United Kingdom and Chairman, European Committee on Migration; C. Joy McDowall, Manager, Regulatory Policy, Regulation & Compliance Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand; Laura Patching, Acting Chief of the Office of Citizenship, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 


Session I Chair: T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Executive Vice President, Law Center Affairs and Dean of the Law Center, Georgetown University

Session II Chair: Donald Kerwin, Vice President of Programs, MPI

Session III Chair: Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President, MPI 


Once a narrow, largely placid legal backwater, citizenship has become a dynamic policy vehicle in Europe and North America for promoting the political incorporation of immigrants. The Migration Policy Institute hosted a citizenship symposium examining immigrant civic and political participation, the notion of local voting rights for noncitizens, the concept and practice of dual citizenship, and the role of citizenship in immigrant integration.   

The discussion of these issues includes several of the leading citizenship experts from North America and Europe, and key policymakers for a comparative discussion of citizenship policies. Topics covered in the panel discussions include: Policies and attitudes toward immigrant civic and political participation, and dual citizenship, in the European Union and North America (Panel I); the role of nationality and citizenship in immigrant integration (Panel II); and citizenship policy in comparative perspective (Panel III).

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