|Type||Journal Article - Migration Letters|
|Title||A Black Republic: Citizenship and naturalisation requirements in Liberia|
In 1822 Liberia was founded as a place where free(d) enslaved African Americans could
find freedom and liberty. While many of them did, the indigenous African population
was, for a long time, excluded from citizenry despite fulfilling one of the essential
criteria to be eligible for Liberians citizenship: Being Black. This prerequisite remains
part of Liberian law today, rendering non-Blacks ineligible for Liberian citizenship.
Today, this mostly affects the Lebanese community who originally came as traders and
entrepreneurs to Liberia. This article analyses why Liberians defend race-based
exclusionary citizenship practices.
|»||Liberia - Population and Housing Census 2008|