What is it about?

An analysis of the European Court of Justice's judgment in case C-118/20, concerning the legal protection offered by EU law to a person who became stateless while naturalising from one EU Member State nationality to another. The outcome of the judgment was that statelessness may be tolerated in EU citizenship law if the measure complies with the legal principle of proportionality.

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Why is it important?

In a time where several EU Member States are exploring the legal possibilities to withdraw national citizenship from individuals, any new inroads in what influence EU law has in the field of statelessness and loss of national citizenship is important to analyse and understand.


The article gives the perspective that there is more to wish for in terms of legal protection for the individual against falling into statelessness. The outcome of the judgment is not enough for saying that EU law would be outright incompatible with Member State measures that result in statelessness.

Katarina Hyltén-Cavallius

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This page is a summary of: The Unfolding Destiny of Union Citizenship: From a Fundamental Status to a Status of Genuine Substance, European Journal of Migration and Law, September 2022, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/15718166-12340136.
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