Ethnicity is the strongest link in extended human communities. It is a source of personal identity with a culture, a people and a land.
While borders are closed, granting citizenship to those not of the ethnicity traditionally associated with a land should be done rarely, and all people should have citizenship to the land with which their ethnicity is historically associated. This right should never be denied or people’s sense of who they are and where they are from is harmed.
While borders are closed, it does not make sense to base political power on democracy in countries where the indigenous population is a minority of citizens, that surrenders the power of the indigenous population to determine their own destiny, it surrenders their rights over their own homeland. These circumstances occur in situations where borders and migration have been imposed externally.
People should be granted permanent residence, but not citizenship, to countries that are not their ethnic homelands. However, their offspring, if parents are citizens of different countries, should be able to claim citizenship to both.
People should be able to live with confidence that their right to live in their homeland is respected. This right enables the opening of borders to trade and tourism, to working visas and to indefinite residence of citizens from other ethnicities.
The European Union’s experiment with open borders relies on comparatively equal economies and on the principle of citizenship based on ethnicity to give a strong sense of secure identity so that indefinite residence by any European member in any European country is a matter of choice.
Closed borders lead to denials of ethnicity and homeland. There is no right to ethnicity in the Declaration of Human Rights, and so there is less protection from nation states denying ethnic rights, most pointedly the right to residence in countries of origin.
The right to residence in a homeland should be protected no matter where people are born or what the residential choices of their forebears were.
The right to residence in the homeland gives security to all people residing outside their homelands. Such security is critical when those not indigenous to their country of residence are discriminated against or rejected by the indigenous population. Then they must have recourse to return to their countries of ethnic origin.
It is hard to see how, at any point, people could or should be excluded from their rights to residency in their ethnic homeland while they still identify with that ethnicity.
Rootless people may not know their heritage or ancestry. Offspring can be lost, unaware of where, how and why their culture has arisen, their ways and understandings disconnected from place and history. It is important for people to know their roots. They should be recorded, preserved and disseminated.
[Excerpt from The Common Purpose Manifesto]