Panel: “Supranational citizenship in regional integration organizations: the interplay between migration, rights, belonging and regional identity”. Section S61, The Citizenship - Migration Nexus: Citizens, Migrants, Humans?

Panel chairs: Dr Daniela Vintila (University of Leicester) and Prof Carlos Closa (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC)

Abstract: Despite its apparent singularity, the EU citizenship is not the only case of supranational construction of rights and belonging within a regional organization. Other organizations such as Mercosur, CAN, Unasur or Ecowas have created a set of rights (free movement, social, political or economic entitlements) that compose a similar configuration of supranational citizenship, thus contributing to narratives regarding the sense of “belonging” to the regional group. This panel examines this diversity of institutional configurations from two perspectives. Firstly, comparative approaches will allow to question the singularity/commonality among these forms of citizenship, thus opening a broader discussion on EU comparability. Secondly, supranational citizenship offers an excellent empirical ground for testing theoretical debates on functionalist and diffusionist approaches to institutional design (i.e. has EU citizenship inspired the creation of other models of supranational citizenship or do these respond to autonomous functional needs?). The panel welcomes papers focusing on the aggregate level (i.e. conceptions of supranational citizenship in regional organizations), disaggregate level (i.e. configurations of specific sets of supranational rights) or the national level (i.e. national implementation of specific rights).

The paper proposals should be sent via email to Daniela Vintila ( and Carlos Closa ( The paper proposals should include:

  • The title of the paper (no more than 20 words)
  • The abstract of the paper (no more than 250 words)
  • The presenter’s email address as registered in their My ECPR account
  • The co-author’s email address as registered in their My ECPR account

The deadline for submitting the paper proposals is 12 February 2017 (midnight GMT).