"Citizenship Matters": Lessons from the Irish Citizenship Referendum

Mancini, J. M.; Finlay, Graham
September 2008
American Quarterly;Sep2008, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p575
Academic Journal
The article discusses the importance of citizenship as a birthright that was encoded in the Constitution of the Irish Free State and was equally recognized and protected in the U.S. by virtue of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, a referendum in 2004 called for change and removed the constitutional provision of territorial birthright citizenship for the children of noncitizens. It also highlighted the complex experiences of legal and illegal Irish immigrants in the U.S. along with the political pressures from globalization and the emerging migration from Africa, Asia and the Middle Eastern countries.


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