Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Citizenship law for foreigners' children to be simplified

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Rome, June 14 - A proposal for reforms to simplify
Italy's citizenship law for children born in the country from
foreign parents has been drafted and will be discussed at
cabinet meetings on Saturday, government sources said.
The proposal tweaks current laws that allow foreigners born
in Italy to apply for Italian citizenship when they are 18 by
streamlining the application process.
A complex paper trail of documentation can be replaced with
school and medical records in the case that parents cannot
provide all of the currently-required certificates.
Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge and others have
proposed changes in the law to accommodate the principle
of ius soli - citizenship as a result of place of birth instead
of the current law that enshrines the principle of ius
sanguinis, citizenship is determined exclusively by blood
relationship.
The existing law foresees that children born to foreigners,
like national-team soccer forward Mario Balotelli whose parents
immigrated from Ghana, have the right to apply once they are
legally adults.
However, cumbersome administration and bureaucracy have
been criticised as making the option difficult and often
unaccessible to many.

Photo: National-team soccer forward Mario Balotelli

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