Much ado about not-very-much? Assessing ten years of German citizenship reform

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This article examines the development and impact of German citizenship policy over the past decade. As its point of departure, it takes the 2000 Citizenship Law, which sought to undertake a full-scale reform and liberalisation of access to German membership. The article discusses this law’s content and subsequent amendments, focusing particularly on its quantitative impact, asking why the number of naturalisations has been lower than originally expected. The article outlines current challenges to the law’s structure operation and identifies potential trajectories for its future development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-188
Number of pages16
JournalCitizenship Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2012


Bibliographical note

This is an electronic version of an article published in Green, S 2012, 'Much ado about not-very-much? Assessing ten years of German citizenship reform', Citizenship Studies, vol 16, no. 2, pp. 173-188. Citizenship Studies is available online at


  • Germany
  • citizenship
  • dual citizenship
  • jus sanguinis
  • jus soli
  • naturalisation

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