Monday, September 3, 2012

On dual citizenship

More and more countries are allowing double citizenship, that is, they accept that their native citizens take another nationality. Why this? Isn't there the risk of loss of allegiance to the homeland? Or are they afraid of losing some of their citizens for good? It is certain that once your nationality becomes less valuable (say, by observing the value of the passport on the black market), it becomes difficult to avoid native citizens dropping the passport for another one.

Djoulassi Oloufade and Roland Pongou point out that there is another good reason to allow double citizenship: it creates a diaspora that still keeps an attachment to the homeland and may help it in some ways, for example through remittances, international trade, return migration or even foreign direct investment. Oloufade and Pongou use the timing of double citizenship recognition to analyze its impact and find that both developed and developing countries win, in the latter case by more than what could be achieved by stabilizing government or avoiding civil strife. Allowing double citizenship is a simple and efficient way to promote growth.


Anonymous said...

I think double citizenship is another step to "world citizenship". I think in future there will only one nation. I started to think about it after reading an article: Different Perspectives on Citizenship

Julius Agbor said...

I think it's timely to discuss dual citizenship, especially in Africa. Due to several reasons, talented Africans have emigrated from their countries to advanced countries, exacerbating the north-south knowledge gap. African countries can begin to reduce this gap by enticing their diaspora to ploy back home. Dual citizenship evidently contributes in achieving this. With Africa's growing importance in the global market place, advanced countries also stand to gain from dual citizenship by way of informed African networks/linkages for foreign direct investment.