This chapter suggests a two—stage process for regulating immigration and access to citizenship. In the first stage, immigrants would have to accept basic liberal—democratic principles as a prerequisite for admission; these principles are not culture—oriented, but constitute a system of structural rules governing human behavior. In the second stage, as part of the naturalization process required to obtain citizenship of a specific state, immigrants would be asked to accept fundamental constitutional principles—which include linguistic and fundamental cultural elements. However, these principles must be essential to citizenship and as just as one could reasonably expect, given the state’s overall circumstances. I call this concept “national constitutionalism.” In general, the chapter provides a normative framework for immigration regulation that protects a thin version of the majority cultural identity within the liberal discourse.
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