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Globalisation and European unification are challenging national definitions of citizenship. This long-term trend makes a pragmatic focus on the welfare aspects of "people flow" problematic. The key impact of migrants on developed societies goes far wider - to reshape how citizens relate not just to migrants, but to each other.
The authors of People Flow have proposed connecting such a citizenship ceremony to the wider European context. What is interesting about their prototype in general is the acknowledgement of a shift which has been taking place over the last decade, towards the creation of a concept which would have been considered an aberration only a few years ago: European citizenship.
This profound transformation of a citizenship concept still conditioned by national affiliation into a form of supra-national belonging, is an attempt to rise to the challenge of the unprecedented effects of globalisation, by creating some basic common ground of rights and duties beyond national borders.
The modern concept of citizenship is changing. Take as an example the challenge of dual citizenship. Can one be loyal to more than one state? For a long time this seemed highly improbable and unreliable. Nations worldwide did their best to cultivate such mistrust: dual citizenship was prohibited by law ? not only nationally, but also internationally, by mutual agreement.
Originally posted by logiclock
1) Why do we need to choose sides?
2) Aren't we all on the same side, in the end?