Do Our Citizenship Requirements Impede the Protection of Political Asylum Seekers?: A Comparative Analysis of European Practices

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In contrast to the 1951 Geneva Convention’s purposes, not all the post-1990 national asylum determination systems are devised to help refugees, or merely to test the truths of asylum claims, but also in order to determine asylum seekers’ legitimacy as potential citizens. This book focuses on the conceptual and empirical links between citizenship and asylum and seeks to discover legal and institutional tools for detaching asylum from citizenship.


“[Sicakkan] has also invented what he calls a “comprehensive conceptualization” of the asylum policies and nailed down the individual rights of the refugee and the asylum seeker. These efforts are real challenges both to further research and to real policies across continents.” - Stein Ugelvik Larsen, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen

“. . . incorporates a sophisticated data set . . . and is dealt with in an informative and straightforward manner.” - Dr. Christopher Hill, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham

“[This] is an impressive work: ambitious in its approach, comprehensive in its scope, and original in its application.” - Jonathan W. Moses, Professor, Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

“. . . [the author’s] approach to the definition of the refugee and the relationships between citizenship models and asylum regimes raise many innovative conceptual, theoretical and methodological questions.” - Professor Rainer Bauböck, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Foreword by Stein Ugelvik Larsen
1. Introduction
2. States, Citizens and Refugees
3. Data Methods
4. Models in Citizenship in West Europe
5. Detention Procedures in Europe
6. Access to Asylum Determination Procedures in Europe
7. Normal Asylum Determination
8. The Rights of Recognized Refugees in Europe
9. Determinants of European States’ Responses to Asylum Seekers
10. Do Citizenship Models Encompass Asylum Determination Frames?
11. European Citizenship Models and Their Asylum Determination Frames
12. The Way towards More Humanitarian Asylum Determination Frames

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