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Differences Between Nationality and Citizenship

Differences Between Nationality and Citizenship

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Published by: Muhammad Muavia Khan on Apr 25, 2011
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Nationality and citizenship are two terms that are sometimes used interchangeably. Some people even use the two words ± citizenship and nationality ² as synonyms. But this is not true and they differ in many aspects. Nationality means: In simple words, nationality can be applied to the country where an individual was born. Citizenship means: It is a legal status, which means that an individual has been registered with the government in some country. An individual is a national of a particular country by birth. Nationality is got through inheritance from his parents or it be called a natural phenomenon. On the other hand an individual becomes a citizen of a country only when he is accepted into that country¶s political framework through legal terms. Elaborating the two words, an individual born in Pakistan, will be having Pakistani Nationality. But he may have an American citizenship once he has registered with that country. Well, No one will be able to change his nationality but one can have different citizenship. An Pakistanican have an American or Canadian citizenship but he cannot change his nationality. Another example is that people of the European Union may have European Union Citizenship but that person¶s nationality does not change. Nationality can be described as a term that refers to belonging to a gro having same up culture, traditions history, language and other general similarities. On the other hand, citizenship may not refer to people of the same group. For example, an Indian may be having a US citizenship but he will not be belonging to the same group as that of the American nationals.

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