Naturalization Through Immigration

  • Robert Walters


Migration is a pathway to citizenship. It supports and contributes to a state’s identity. On the one hand it can also support social cohesion. On the one hand, it also can divide and fragment societal cohesion. Immigration law is naturally exclusionary because it allows a state to restrict who can enter, stay and take out citizenship. Moreover, immigration policy and law challenges the very notion of social cohesion, because it opens the state to welcoming people from anywhere within the world. However, this is controlled under a tight regulatory framework, which enables state to choose who can enter. Today, the policy approach, particularly in Australia takes a stronger economic approach to immigration, under its skilled and business migration program. On the other hand, being a much smaller state, Slovenia (EU) has a very limited economic migration program. This is a reflection of their respective identity, and to a lesser extent social cohesion. The immigration laws discussed in this chapter are for the period of 2014 and 2017. This chapter has been divided into two parts. Part one discusses why people migrate and the respective policy approaches adopted by the respective jurisdictions. Part two, discusses some of the visas and residency issues associated with immigration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Walters
    • 1
  1. 1.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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