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Samoa: Citizenship Act Amended to Allow Second Generation Samoans Overseas to Claim Citizenship

(Aug. 24, 2016) On August 23, 2016, the Samoan Legislative Assembly (the unicameral Parliament of Samoa) passed a bill that enables people born outside the country who have at least one grandparent who is or was a Samoan citizen to be granted citizenship.  (Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 & Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016: Explanatory Memorandum, Parliament […]

Denmark: Court Strips Terrorist of Danish Citizenship

(June 13, 2016) On June 8, 2016, the Danish Supreme Court decided that convicted terrorist Said Mansour, who holds dual Moroccan and Danish citizenship, will lose his Danish citizenship, affirming the appellate court verdict. (Højesterets dom [Supreme Court Verdict] (June 8, 2016), Case No. 211/2015, Supreme Court website.)  The case is the first of its […]

Netherlands: Possibilities for Revocation of Citizenship to Be Expanded

(Mar. 18, 2016) On March 1, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) approved a legislative proposal that expands the grounds for revocation of Dutch citizenship under the Nationality Act of the Netherlands. (More Possibilities for Revoking Dutch Citizenship, GOVERNMENT.NL (Mar. 1, 2016).) Upon the adoption of the new grounds, the Minister of Security and Justice […]

Sierra Leone: Changes to the 1991 Constitution Proposed

(Feb. 29, 2016) On February 16, 2016, Sierra Leone’s Constitutional Review Committee (an 80-member body established in 2013 to review the 1991 Constitution and a 2008 report proposing changes to it) published an abridged draft report of its findings.  (Ibrahim Tarawallie, New Chapters Proposed in New Constitution, CONCORD TIMES (Feb. 17, 2016).)   The draft report, which took two years […]

Zambia: Constitutional Changes on Citizenship, Elections

(Jan. 13, 2016) Zambia’s President, Edgar Lungu, approved a new Constitution for the country on January 5, 2016. Among other changes, the new document permits dual citizenship and sets a date for the next elections.  (Government Urges Zambians Living in Diaspora to Apply for Dual Citizenship, LUSAKA TIMES (Jan. 7, 2016), Open Source Center No. […]

Denmark: Tougher Requirements for Acquiring Danish Citizenship Through Naturalization

(Oct. 23, 2015) On October 5, 2015, Danish politicians announced an agreement on new, tougher rules for acquiring Danish citizenship through naturalization. (Steen A. Jørgenssen, Regeringen indgår bred aftale om skrappere krav for statsborgerskab, JYLLANDSPOSTEN (Oct. 5, 2015).) The final agreement entered into force on October 15, 2015. (Udlændinge-, Integrations- og Boligministeriet [Ministry of Immigration, […]

Denmark: Dual Citizenship Recognized

(Oct. 16, 2015) On September 1, 2015, with the entry into force of amendments to the Act on Danish Citizenship, Denmark started recognizing dual citizenship. (Lov om ændring af lov om dansk indfødsret, LOV nr 1496 af 23/12/2014 [Act on Amendments to the Act on Danish Citizenship, Law No. 1496, Dec. 23, 2014], RESINFORMATION.DK.) The […]

Canada: First Attempt to Revoke Canadian Citizenship Under New Citizenship Act

(July 15, 2015) Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration is moving ahead to revoke the citizenship of a Canadian citizen convicted of terrorist charges. This is the first attempt to do so under the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. The law received the Royal Assent on June 19, 2014, and the provisions on citizenship revocation came […]

Tanzania: Parliament Passes Non-Citizens Employment Act

(Apr. 28, 2015) Tanzania’s 357-member unicameral Parliament recently passed the Non-Citizens (Employment Regulation) Act, which, as its name indicates, is aimed at regulating the employment of non-citizens in the country. (Foreign Workers Face Tougher Times in Dar, TRADE MARK (Mar. 23, 2015).) According to Gaudentia M. Kabaka, the Minister of Labour and Employment and the […]

South Africa: Proposal to Limit Land Ownership by Citizens and Foreigners

(Feb. 24, 2015) On February 12, 2015, in his 2015 State of the Nation address, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma announced that his government is preparing to propose for parliamentary action the Regulation of Land Holdings Bill. (South Africa’s Zuma Outlines Land Reform Plans, BBC NEWS (Feb. 14, 2015).) Among other objectives, the measure aims […]