Somaliland Citizenship Law No 22 of 2002

Published: 3/Jun/2002

Law on citizenship for the unrecognised state of Somaliland.

Article 2: Citizenship by birth

1. A Somaliland citizen by birth is anyone whose father is a descendent of persons who resided in the territory of Somaliland on 26 June 1960 and before.

2. A Somaliland citizen by birth may acquire the citizenship of another country (dual nationality) without losing his Somaliland citizenship.

3. Unless he has not voluntarily renounced the right to Somaliland citizenship, any adult progeny of a male Somaliland citizen, who resides in a foreign country or is a citizen of another country or is a refugee in another country may acquire Somaliland citizenship on his first return to the territory of Somaliland.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: East Africa, Somalia
Year: 2002