Who deserves to be a citizen of Europe?
In the fourth of our series on the future of Europe we ask:- What is the role of merit when it comes to integration? What are integration conditions? Who are the recipients? Do integration conditions tend to include or exclude? What is the role of merit when it comes to integration?
Merizenship & The False Promise of Migrants’ Integration
Migrants’ integration has been an increasingly important issue for the EU and its Member States in the past 20 years. It has been famously presented at EU level as a “two-way process”. However, the reality behind migrants’ integration in the legal field is different. What are integration conditions? Who are the recipients? Do integration conditions tend to include or exclude? What is the role of merit when it comes to integration?
Sarah Ganty’s talk will engage with these questions with the aid of the concept of merizenship, zooming in on the way integration conditions are deployed in EU law and national laws in Europe regarding third-country nationals and EU citizens. Sarah Ganty argues that integration conditions in Europe constitute an example of Merizenship, informal global citizenship benefiting non-citizens and citizens alike, as long as these are regarded as bringing economic added value to their society and/or conforming to other valued social norms regarding language, culture, ‘values’ and other criteria.
About the Reflections on the Future of Europe series
Reflections on the Future of Europe is designed to give leading international experts in the fields of European democracy, citizenship and identity the opportunity to come together.
The idea of the series is to present and discuss new work in these areas which touches on the future of Europe debate and the well-being of citizens.
A key component of the series will be the interaction with the public though social media immediately after each discussion and between one event and the next.
About Europe Future Fringe
Fringe Europe Future Fringe is an open access festival of democracy where everyone who wants to be part of the conversation about the future of Europe can find a space to tell their story.
The idea is for Europe Future Fringe to spark a conversation about the future of Europe, to energize the debate about what happens next.
Too often the discussion about Europe is located in formal institutional settings, out of reach of the citizens. We want Europe Future Fringe to open up the debate about Europe in all the spaces in between.
About Sarah Ganty
Sarah Ganty has been a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School since August 2019. She is also an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Facultés Universitaires–Saint-Louis (Brussels), where she teaches EU law and Legal Theory in both English and French. Her dissertation research on migrants’ integration in EU law is about to be published in Larcier. Sarah holds an LL.M from Yale Law School (2018), where she was a Fulbright fellow, and a master’s degree in Law from Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) (2010), where she served as a teaching assistant. She was a visiting researcher at Berkeley Law School (Spring 2015) and at the Centrum voor migratierecht in Nijmegen in The Netherlands (Fall 2014). She was called to the Bar of Brussels in 2010 and practiced constitutional, administrative, refugee and immigration law. Merging theory and normative legal analysis in addressing the relationship between citizenship and socioeconomic inequalities, Sarah’s J.S.D. introduces the concept of “merizenship”, which helps to trace the differences in access to rights encountered by the rich and highly educated compared with all others. Randomized experiments are deployed to assess to what extent socio-economic status plays a role in the popular perception of “belonging” to a society, demonstrating that “merizenship” is also a reality in public opinion. Sarah is most interested in migrants’ law, broadly conceived (including, inter alia, refugee law, immigration law and integration law), as well as citizenship law, anti-discrimination law, socioeconomic inequality and empirical research. With a strong background in EU law, she is also active in the study of the EU legal system. She has widely published on integration conditions for migrants under EU law and on integration, immigration and non-discrimination more generally.
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