Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Italian local governments in G2 migrant citizenship campaign


(ANSA) – Rome, November 16 – The national association of
Italian town and city councils (ANCI) on Friday stepped up
efforts to inform second-generation immigrants born in Italy of
their citizenship rights by relaunching an awareness-raising
campaign, pending long called-for changes to Italy's citizenship
'18 anni in Comune', which is a play on words meaning 18
years in common, and 18 years in the council, aims to press
local authorities on the need to inform children from migrant
families who were born in Italy and who have turned 18 of their
right to request Italian citizenship before their 19th birthday.
After that date this group has to follow the same channels
as foreigners not born on Italian soil.
Current Italian law enshrines the principle of ius
sanguinis, according to which citizenship is determined
exclusively by blood relationship.
However many in Italy, including ANCI, have long been
campaigning for a change in the law to accommodate the principle
of ius soli - citizenship as a result of place of birth - in
recognition of the anomaly that growing numbers of foreign
residents have been born, raised and educated in Italy and
consider themselves to be Italian but do not have the same
citizenship rights as their Italian counterparts.
So far 358 municipalities have adhered to the campaign and
around 640 second-generation immigrants have obtained Italian
citizenship as a result.
The campaign is run together with the children's aid agency
Save the Children and the network of second-generation
immigrants, G2.

photo: Italy forward Mario Balotelli, who was born in Italy to
Ghanaian parents and had to wait until his 18th birthday to
claim Italian citizenship.

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