Thursday, December 1, 2022

Who Represents the Country? A Short History of Foreign-Born Athletes in the World Cup

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World Cup mania is everywhere!  And there is an immigration angle.  Gijsbert Oonk for Migration Information Source reports that World Cup fans "may have noticed a sizable number of players born outside the country they represent on the field, especially for teams representing nations such as Morocco and Qatar. This is not unusual. Athletes born abroad have represented national teams in every World Cup since its inception in 1930, typically accounting for about one in ten players. At times, these players can raise complicated questions about national belonging, citizenship, and migration."

KJ

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2022/12/who-represents-the-country-a-short-history-of-foreign-born-athletes-in-the-world-cup.html

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