Deprivation of Citizenship in Côte d'Ivoire - When citizens become foreigners

Katrine Iversen, Turu Ogudo, Paloma Casanova Garcia de Castro, Boyko Albenov Karov, Nancy Kawira Njoka & Felicitas-Johanna Burmann

Studenteropgave: Masterprojekt


This chapter examines how the changes in Ivorian nationality law and politics have made citizenship a contested issue and cast former insiders/citizens as outsiders/foreigners. Côte d'Ivoire has in recent years faced a series of civil wars because many labour immigrants suddenly were denied citizenship and left stateless. By looking into the country’s history it can be argued that the internal conflict in Côte d'Ivoire, has been highly influenced by different ways of defining citizenship. The perception of citizenship has for years been affected by the notion of autochthony, which was introduced during the French colonial rule, and its continued practice in post colonial Côte d’Ivoire. As nationality politics continued to change after the country gained independence, the concept of autochthony triggered severe contestations over the notion of belonging and the claim to the land, resulting in the exclusion of former citizens.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Master
Udgivelsesdato30 maj 2018
Antal sider28
VejledereJacob Rasmussen