What is the difference between nationality and citizenship

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the redmandeer
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As the title says, I have to submit a questionnaire and can't really tell the difference. I was born in the uk if that helps.
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So nationality is where you are born so if you are born in Uk your nationality is British. The difference is citizenship is a legal status but nationality isn’t. You can be a citizen of many countries but you only have one nationality. For example you can have a nationality as British but have an Australian, Indian and American citizenship.
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(Original post by the redmandeer)
As the title says, I have to submit a questionnaire and can't really tell the difference. I was born in the uk if that helps.
In practice, I suspect most people regard "citizenship" and "nationality" as interchangeable terms that have the same meaning. Does this questionnaire ask about both citizenship and nationality? Or just one or the other?
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So nationality is where you are born so if you are born in Uk your nationality is British. The difference is citizenship is a legal status but nationality isn’t. You can be a citizen of many countries but you only have one nationality. For example you can have a nationality as British but have an Australian, Indian and American citizenship.
I'm pretty sure it doesn't work like this.

gov.uk has a page on "Types of British nationality" (https://www.gov.uk/types-of-british-nationality) which outlines the six different types of British nationality -- only one of which (British citizenship) gives the right to live in the UK without being subject to immigration controls.

Simply being born in Britain isn't enough to make you British.
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The nationality is an ethnic or racial concept. On the other hand, citizenship is a legal or juristic concept.
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I'm pretty sure it doesn't work like this.

gov.uk has a page on "Types of British nationality" (https://www.gov.uk/types-of-british-nationality) which outlines the six different types of British nationality -- only one of which (British citizenship) gives the right to live in the UK without being subject to immigration controls.

Simply being born in Britain isn't enough to make you British.
It makes you british by nationality not by citizenship. That’s why I stated citizenship is a legal thing. In the U.K. we don’t have birth right citizenship like the USA does. Being born in Britain does not give you the legal right to stay here or be a citizen here automatically but you are still British by nationality in the sense of the meaning of nationality.
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