South Africa: Statelessness in spotlight as home affairs to review three acts

Published: 26/Jan/2022
Source: Business Day (Johannesburg)

The Citizenship Act, the Refugee Act and the Immigration Act are under review to align them with international refugee law

By Linda Ensor

Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi says a clearer definition of statelessness must underpin revisions to the Citizenship Act, which together with the Refugee Act and the Immigration Act are under a fundamental review by his department.

He said in an interview on Wednesday that there was a common misconception that a child born in SA had the right to apply for citizenship when they turned 18 years on the grounds that without that, they would be stateless.

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Themes: Acquisition par les enfants, Apatridie, Naturalisation et le mariage, Nationalité des réfugiés
Regions: Afrique du Sud
Year: 2022