Regional Report on Citizenship: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Published: 1/Nov/2017
Source: European University Institute / Global Citizenship Observatory

By Zahra Albarazi

This report will introduce some of the most fundamental concepts, trends and challenges with regard to nationality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This region has always had a complicated relationship with the notion of nationality and which individuals and groups to determine as nationals. This is because states were formed and created in the same century that the region experienced substantial geo-political and social turmoil. Therefore, the understanding and definition of who is and who is not a member of each state has been challenging, and needs to be understood in its historical context. While each country has grappled in its own way with the development and implementation of domestic nationality legislation and polices, but there are some recurrent trends that resonate across the region.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: North Africa, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia
Year: 2017