The Tokyo District Court argued that allowing dual citizenship for Japanese citizens ‘could cause conflict in the rights and obligations between countries, as well as between the individual and the state’.
On 10 December 2020, the Parliament of Belarus approved changes to the country’s citizenship legislation, to become effective six months after the amendments’ publication in the country’s Official Gazette. Amendments affect the modes of acquisition and loss of citizenship of Belarus.
On 24 November 2020, France and Spain signed a dual citizenship agreement. Upon the entry into force of the agreement, French citizens naturalising in Spain will no longer be required to renounce their nationality.
We want to build on the insights from our last forum debate in a webinar that looks into the broader question of how important access to citizenship is in the global South compared to other legal statuses and documents, such as birth certificates or permanent residence permits.
On January 1 2020, Norway followed its Nordic neighbours and allowed for dual citizenship. The law change led to a massive increase in the number of citizenship applications: 30.000 applications were submitted during the first six months of the year. By contrast, the number of applications have remained stable at around 20.000 annually, from 2014 to 2019.