Ensuing Statelessness as (Post) Colonial Effect: Dynamics of Formal Identification Denial among the Fulani in Ghana

Published: 20/Jun/2023
Source: Critical Statelessness Studies blog (University of Melbourne Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness)

In this blog, Isaac Owusu Nsiah critically discusses the dynamics of the Ghanaian state’s recognition of the Fulani community as migrants and thus non-Ghanaians. He considers how such categorizations are institutionalised in citizen-identifying institutions, translating into widespread exclusions and discriminatory realities in accessing National IDs and citizenship. Focusing on the work of the National ID in socially sorting, classifying, and categorising differentiated citizenship, Nsiah ultimately contends that Indigeneity as a colonial construct is integral to the regimes and infrastructure of (modern) Ghanaian citizenship.

Read further: https://law.unimelb.edu.au/centres/statelessness/resources/critical-statelessness-studies-blog/ensuing-statelessness-as-post-colonial-effect-dynamics-of-formal-identification-denial-among-the-fulani-in-ghana

Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, ID Documents and Passports, Statelessness
Regions: Ghana
Year: 2023