What does it mean to be a citizen?

As I was writing my last post (about getting permanent residency in New Zealand), I ran across a timely article in The Atlantic:


I loved the questions at the end:

What does it mean to be a citizen? Is citizenship a kind of subscription service, to be suspended and resumed as our needs change? Are countries competing service providers, their terms and conditions subject to the ebbs and flows of consumer preference?

On another part of the spectrum, I’ve been fascinated by the case of Shamina Begum in Syria… what if you could be stripped of your only citizenship, becoming, as they say, “stateless”?

Again, I’m very grateful to have options.

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