Namibia: Supreme Court confirms child’s citizenship right

Published: 24/Jun/2016
Source: The Namibian

By Werner Menges

A CHILD born in Namibia to non-Namibian parents who meet the legal test of being ordinarily resident in the country is entitled to Namibian citizenship by birth, the Supreme Court affirmed in a landmark judgement on citizenship rights yesterday.

A non-Namibian living in Namibia on the basis of an employment permit can be considered to be ordinarily resident in the country if he or she meets the requirements for such a status, and when a child of such a person is born in Namibia, the child has the right to be a Namibian citizen by birth, the Supreme Court decided in a case in which a Dutch citizen sued the minister of home affairs in an effort to secure Namibian citizenship for one of his sons.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Acquisition by children
Regions: Namibia
Year: 2016