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At Home in Two CountriesThe Past and Future of Dual Citizenship$
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Peter J. Spiro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785829

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785829.001.0001

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Acceptance and Embrace

Acceptance and Embrace

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At Home in Two Countries

Peter J. Spiro

NYU Press

This chapter describes how dual citizenship serves the American national interest. Dual citizenship presents no significant societal costs. The trope of dual citizens as a fifth column never jived with realities on the ground. The non-state nature of contemporary conflict makes the security threat more implausible still. Dual citizens are capable of political engagement in more than one polity, and they are no more likely than non-citizens to do the bidding of their home country governments. There is an upside to the status, from the state’s perspective. Dual citizenship facilitates naturalization, which facilitates immigrant integration. In the American context, dual citizens are positioned to put newly-assimilated political knowledge to work back home.

Keywords:   dual citizenship, national interest, political engagement, naturalization, immigrant integration

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