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Citizenship 2.0Dual Nationality as a Global Asset$
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Yossi Harpaz

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691194066

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691194066.001.0001

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Becoming Hungarian, Returning to Europe

(p.39) 2 Serbia
Citizenship 2.0

Yossi Harpaz

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the case of Hungarian dual citizenship in Serbia as a representative case of compensatory citizenship that is created on the basis of coethnic ties. Since 2011, Hungary has offered dual citizenship to cross-border Hungarians living in neighboring countries. However, coethnic dual citizenship has complicated and contradictory effects on Serbia's Hungarian minority. On the one hand, they enjoy access to Europe, as well as elevated social status in Serbia. On the other hand, the proliferation of EU passports makes it easier for young Hungarians to emigrate, shrinking this beleaguered population even further. Meanwhile, thousands of ethnic Serbs have also begun to study the Hungarian language. They hope to take advantage of Hungary's generosity toward Hungarian speakers in order to thereby gain access to the EU.

Keywords:   Hungarian dual citizenship, Serbia, compensatory citizenship, dual citizenship, coethnic dual citizenship, Hungarian minority, EU passports, Hungarian language, ethnic Serbs, emigration

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