Citizenship in a Post-Colonial Context: Comparing Portugal and Netherlands

Cidadania num Contexto Pós-colonial: Comparando Portugal e Holanda

Authors

  • Patrícia Jerónimo Assistant Professor of the School of Law at University of Minho.
  • Maarten Peter Vink Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science at Maastricht University.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21814/perspectivas.30

Keywords:

Post-colonialism, citizenship, migration, Portugal, Netherlands

Abstract

This paper analyses citizenship and migration regimes in an postcolonial context and presents a focused comparison of the experiences in Portugal and the Netherlands. While colonial regimes in both cases were largely exclusionary, and only towards the end of the regimes hesitantly extended citizenship to the native population, the postcolonial experiences display significant differences. While Portugal is more nostalgic about the colonial affair, cherishing the idea of cultural ties within a Lusophone community, the change was more abrupt in the Netherlands, after an initial transition period. The comparison in this paper highlights how these two countries dealt with the loss of empire.

Resumo

Este artigo analisa os regimes de cidadania e migração num contexto pós-colonial e apresenta uma comparação focada das experiências em Portugal e na Holanda. Enquanto os regimes coloniais, em ambos os casos, foram em grande parte excludentes, e apenas no final dos regimes estenderam a cidadania de forma hesitante à população nativa, as experiências pós-coloniais exibem diferenças significativas. Enquanto Portugal é mais nostálgico sobre o caso colonial, apreciando a ideia de laços culturais dentro de uma comunidade lusófona, a mudança foi mais abrupta na Holanda, após um período inicial de transição. A comparação neste artigo destaca como esses dois países lidaram com a perda do império.

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Published

2011-09-01

How to Cite

Jerónimo, P., & Vink, M. P. (2011). Citizenship in a Post-Colonial Context: Comparing Portugal and Netherlands: Cidadania num Contexto Pós-colonial: Comparando Portugal e Holanda. Perspectivas - Journal of Political Science, 6, 109-129. https://doi.org/10.21814/perspectivas.30

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