PARIS – The authorities in France have revealed that children of immigrants born in Mayotte will no longer automatically acquire French citizenship.
The announcement was made by the French Interior Minister, Gerald Darmanin on Sunday, aimed at addressing immigration concerns.
According to Gerald Darmanin, French citizenship will now be granted only to those born to French parents, signaling a historic change with the elimination of birthright citizenship in Mayotte.
Mayotte, situated near the impoverished Comoro islands off the East African coast, has experienced escalating social unrest, largely attributed to undocumented immigration. The reform is part of broader efforts to regulate immigration and address local concerns about deteriorating conditions.
This move comes shortly after France’s highest court struck down portions of a new immigration law aimed at restricting access to welfare benefits for foreigners and controlling the influx of new arrivals.
Although immigration remains a contentious issue in France with the emergence of far-right anti-immigration sentiments, Darmanin clarified that the change in birthright citizenship policy applies exclusively to Mayotte and will not extend to other regions of the Republic.
In a global context, other countries such as Australia and Canada are also implementing measures to manage immigration. Canada recently unveiled a comprehensive plan to regulate the entry of international students, imposing a temporary cap on their numbers for two years and reducing the entry of international students by 35 percent.
It’s noteworthy that the passport of France holds the top position on the Henley Passport Index 2024, offering its citizens access to 194 visa-free destinations, highlighting its high global mobility.
France, known for its rich history and cultural heritage, is home to approximately 67 million people. Renowned landmarks include the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Palace of Versailles. From the romantic streets of Paris to the picturesque vineyards of Bordeaux, France captivates visitors worldwide.