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Barriers that do not fall

AuthorsVelasco Arroyo, Juan Carlos CSIC ORCID
Right to vote
Migration policies
Issue Date12-May-2014
AbstractCountries that are more apt to grant voting rights to immigrants with legal residency also tend to be more flexible in granting citizenship to such individuals and viceversa. This observation is not surprising in so far as there are normative as well as functional nexuses between both measures so that the arguments for one and the other overlap. From a democratic perspective, two different positions with regard to this issue can be distinguished. The first one holds that priority should be given to facilitating the access to nationality while the question of political rights for foreign residents could be treated as secondary. The second position, in contrast, is based on the idea that the claim for political rights has its own worth and legitimation, and that they should be guaranteed for all people actually living in a society, regardless of their nationality. Germany and Spain, in their respective manner, have each chosen one of these two options. They have done it, however, inconsistently, so that neither exclusions nor discriminations have disappeared. Certainly, they are not the only countries that proceed this way, but there are good justice related reasons to improve this state of affairs.
Description* Full title: "Barriers that do not fall. Access to citizenship and the right to vote in a comparative perspective: Germany / Spain". * Presentation in Conference "Border Transgressions" - Bonn Universität (Germany) - 8-9th May 2014
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