Between ideology and pragmatism: the politics of dual nationality in Germany

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This article discusses the policy and politics of dual nationality in Germany. It contrasts the policy reality, in which dual nationality is tolerated in a wide range of cases, with Germany's continued opposition in principle to this phenomenon. It then analyzes political, cultural and electoral factors to explain why this opposition persists despite these widespread exceptions. In conclusion, the article argues that by continuing formally to oppose dual nationalities, Germany in effect discourages naturalizations and thereby continues to operate a broadly exclusive citizenship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)921-952
Number of pages32
JournalInternational Migration Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • dual nationality
  • Germany
  • naturalizations
  • exclusive citizenship


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