March 23, 2008
Every country has slightly different ideas on citizenship and naturalisation. Some have jus sanguinis, others jus soli. Some have short periods required for naturalisation, others longer, some don’t easily allow naturalisation at all.
This means that within the supranational space of the EU, there is one rule for some and other rules for the rest – particularly the immigrants who we increasingly need to plug the gaps in the workforce. This is not entirely in keeping with the fundamental idea of the right to travel within Europe or of the Schengen area.
Why not, therefore, introduce a universal EU passport to be held alongside national citizenship? This could be used to give special status to non-nationalised migrants and other disenfranchised groups. It might ease the burden on border and customs officials. It would also have a symbolic value abroad, especially for expatriates within and outside the EU and would serve as a tangible reminder of our common heritage and future – just like the Euro.Author : EMI