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Enlightening the Constitutional Debate: Borders, Immigration & Citizenship

Posted 24/09/2013

The latest in the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and British Academy (BA) events on Enlightening the Constitutional Debate took place on the evening of Wednesday 25 September.

The event hosted a public discussion on the impacts of constitutional change upon borders, immigration and citizenship. This seminar examined how constitutional change might affect the citizenship rights and status of those living within and outside an independent Scotland, including the relationship of residence to nationality, questions of dual nationality, and freedom of movement within the British Isles and the wider European Union. It also considered the relationship between citizenship and cultural identity and explored some of the most important aspects of the relationship between citizens of Scotland and our neighbours in the rest of the UK and the European Union.

It was chaired by Professor John Curtice FRSE, Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde and well known commentator on the constitutional debate.

Speakers were:
Professor Jo Shaw, Salvesen Chair of European Institutions, Dean of Research and Deputy Head, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh;
Professor Christina Boswell, Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh;
Ms Sarah Craig, Lecturer in Public Law, University of Glasgow and Co-Convenor, GRAMnet (Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network); and
Professor Bernard Ryan, Professor of Migration Law, University of Leicester

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Reports of the six events to date are available online


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