A brief history of citizenship laws - EXPeditions

A brief history of citizenship laws

by Patrick Weil
  • Key point 1
    Before the French Revolution, citizenship was linked to birthplace (jus soli).
  • Key point 2
    France and other territories then recognised citizenship attributed to descent (jus sanguinis).
  • Key point 3
    Immigration led countries to recognise citizenship based on both jus soli and jus sanguinis.
  • Key point 4
    Women’s rights movements also had an impact on citizenship law.