The challenges of double nationality for circular migration: The examples of Spain and Sri Lanka
PhD student: Dr L.J. van der Baaren
Promotors: Prof P. Wautelet, Prof G.R. de Groot
Duration: 1/10/2014 - 30/9/2017
PhD defence: Maastricht, 26/5/2020
Description of project: the challenges of double nationality for circular migration: the examples of Spain and Sri Lanka. The project forms a part of Transnational migration, Citizenship and the Circulation of Rights and Responsibilities (TRANSMIC). The TRANSMIC-project is an Initial Training Network, which is aimed at early-stage researchers. The project is aimed to be conducted between October 2014 to October 2017 at the University of Lige. The project investigates the phenomenon of double nationality, including its functions and the challenges and opportunities it entails for individuals and states from a legal perspective. Double nationality allows to maintain legal and political links with two countries, thereby facilitating circular migration of the individuals concerned. While the current legal framework in relation to acquisition and loss of nationality has been primarily shaped on the basis of permanent migration (mainly of workers), circular migration may require another legal arrangement. In order to determine whether and which changes are needed, two case studies will be undertaken : the first one will focus on Spain and the second on Sri Lanka. This research project analyses and evaluates these special constructions of dual nationality, and specifies their advantages in comparison of normal cases of dual or multiple nationality. Starting from the two case studies, lessons will be drawn both for EU Member States and for third countries with a large emigration flow. More fundamentally, the research will contribute to a better understanding of how membership to nation states may be defined in an age of increasing mobility. The research will concentrate on nationality law as well as migration law on the national, European and international level.