The notion of ius soli came in the spotlight globally in October 2018, when the US President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to eliminate it, even though it is enshrined in the US Constitution. Automatic citizenship by birth on a country’s territory is available in over 30 countries worldwide.
A similar debate is also taking place in Canada, where children born to non-citizens automatically become Canadian citizens. In recent years, there have have been reports on the rise of birthright tourism, especially among Chinese nationals. As a result, the opposition Conservative party endorsed a motion calling for the abolition of unconditional ius soli in Canada, indication that immigration will be a salient issue in the October 2019 federal elections.