Should cultural assimilation be a requirement for citizenship?


PostGlobal‘s panel of experts debates whether cultural assimilation should be taken into consideration when granting citizenship. The discussion follows France’s decision to reject the citizenship application of a burqa-wearing Moroccan woman on the grounds that she didn’t “assimilate” sufficiently.

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One Response to Should cultural assimilation be a requirement for citizenship?

  1. Deborah says:

    I think that cultural assimilation should be a factor only if the requirements/expectations are predetermined. I have met people of different ethnicities who appear closely tied to their cultures of origin from their attire, but are very well assimilated in other respects. I think it unjust for governments to decide on a whim who is deemed “culturally assimilated”.

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