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Long term resident migrants to the UK, who often possess valuable skills for the economy, still face significant barriers to citizenship. In this important book, Dr Prabhat captures the experiences of those who successfully become British citizens through stories of belonging, citizenship, and the law; beautifully illustrated by artist Sam Church. Speaking to contemporary times of Brexit, the book exposes the challenges which become insurmountable for many migrants, and illuminates the gap between policy and practice in gaining British citizenship.
Dr Devyani Prabhat is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol Law School, UK, with legal practice experience in Constitutional law. She holds a LL.M and a PhD from New York University. At present, she researches and teaches Migration, Citizenship and Nationality from a socio-legal and comparative perspective. She supervises doctoral students researching on citizenship and migration. In 2017 she won the prestigious Peter Birks Award for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, awarded by the Society of Legal Scholars.
Introduction: British Citizenship: Anecdotes, Myths and Fairy Tales;
Anecdotes: Citizenship and Belonging by Descent;
Myths: Stories of Struggles and Disappointment;
Fairy Tales: Stories of Empowerment;
Conclusion: Reporting Accounts of Belonging.