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Citizenship News

EUDO CITIZENSHIP offers a selection of media reports and news summaries on significant legislative changes, court decisions, policy developments, political campaigns or other events concerning citizenship in Europe and beyond.

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Australian senator resigns due to dual citizenship

Greens Senator Scott Ludlum has resigned from his post, because dual citizenship holders are barred from holding parliamentary seats. Upon finding out he was a holder of the citizenship of New Zealand, Ludlum resigned in line with section 44(i) of the constitution, preventing election of “[a]ny person who is under any acknowledgement of allegiance obedience or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.”

Read more here

For details of current and past citizenship and electoral rights legislation in Australia check out our country profile pages

For comparative data on electoral rights see our CER database and ELECLAW indicators.

The Federal Court of Canada annuls citizenship revocation for 312 people

Canadian Federal Court has annulled the attempted deprivation of citizenship for 312 people. In an earlier judgment, the provisions of the Citizenship Act regarding citizenship deprivation that were introduced by the former Conservative government were struck down. These provisions were declared void, as they failed to take into account humanitarian and compassionate considerations.

Read more here.

For details of current and past citizenship legislation in Canada check out our country profile pages.

For a discussion on citizenship deprivation in Canada see Tom Boekstein’s GLOBALCIT blog

The U.S. Supreme Court makes citizenship revocation harder

In the Maslenjak v. United States ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that if the government wants to revoke citizenship of a person who committed a crime in the naturalisation process, it needs to prove that he crime had a causal influence on the defendant’s acquisition of citizenship. In cases when an individual has committed the crime of lying in the naturalisation process, ‘causal influence’ exists if a truthful answer would have disqualified the applicant from citizenship.

The case concerned a Bosnian Serb woman, admitted as a refugee in the U.S. in the 1990s, who lied about the whereabouts of her husband who participate in the Srebrenica massacre.

Read more here.

For details of present and past citizenship legislation in the U.S. check out our country profile pages.

A record number of Britons become German citizens

In 2016, a record number of UK citizens received German passports. The German federal statistics office reports that there has been a 361% increase in the number of Britons who took German citizenship. The total number of passports granted to Britons was 2,865.It is expected that the number will further increase in 2017.

Read more here and here (in French).

For details of current and past citizenship laws in the UK and Germany check out our country profile pages.

US Supreme Court bars favouring mothers over fathers in citizenship cases

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that unwed mothers and fathers cannot be treated in different ways. The ruling concerned Luis Ramon Morales-Santana born in the Dominican Republic to an American father and non-American mother. After convictions for robbery, attempted murder and other crimes, federal authorities sought to deport him, and he sought US citizenship. He was denied such citizenship because of the discrepancy of the rules at the time, which required fathers to have spent 10 and mothers 1 years in the United States prior to the child’s birth. The current law also favours mothers over fathers.

Read the text in the New York Times.

For details of present and past citizenship legislation in the US check out our country profile pages