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Royal oath furore obscures wider need for ceremony

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Royal oath furore obscures wider need for ceremony

A huge furore has greeted the publication today of Lord Goldsmith’s review of citizenship. This is largely due to the idea (floated as an option rather than a recommendation) that young people should be asked to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen. Like most people on the liberal-left such a proposal fills me with horror: the idea of repeating those awful occasions at Scouts when you had to salute the flag and affirm your loyalty to the monarch makes me cringe. As a life-long republican, this would mean asking me to say something that I didn’t mean.


By IPPR, UK.


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Citizenship policy in an age of super mobility

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Citizenship policy in an age of super mobility

International migration to (and from) the UK has increased since the early 1990s. Rising asylum inflows, labour migration responding to strong economic conditions, student migration to the UK’s large higher education sector and large-scale movements from new European Union member states have together added some 2 million over the last decade to the foreign-born population resident in the UK.


By IPPR, UK.


Governance Policy Resource.


On Fifth Anniversary of Crackdown, Amnesty International Urges Cuba's New Leader to Release

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On Fifth Anniversary of Crackdown, Amnesty International Urges Cuba's New Leader to Release 58 Dissidents

New York) -- On the 5th anniversary of the largest crackdown against political opponents in Cuba, Amnesty International today called on the new Cuban president to immediately release the 58 dissidents still being held in jails across the country, many for contacting journalists and human rights defenders.


By Amnesty International USA.


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