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We advocate Norway in general terms taking on a more open view to dual citizenship, in line with its place in an increasingly globalised world. We realise that this takes time, with due process and proper debate.

Our specific concern is with regards to the stripping of Norwegian citizenship from children due to acquisition of a dual nationality, legally acquired from another country through descent/birthright, on the basis that they were born in Norway. Besides the obvious severe impact on families and their basic human rights, it is also not being consistently applied by the Norwegian Authorities (UDI); for some countries this is allowed today, for others not.

Our simple proposal is that UDI start by providing children born in Norway to Norwegians the same rights as Norwegian children born abroad. That with haste, they adjust their policies to allow all children born in Norway or legally adopted, where one parent is Norwegian and are thus Norwegian citizens, but legally acquire, by descent from the other parent, citizenship of another country, to retain both citizenships.

Until such changes are formally put in force, UDI should put in place a moratorium on revoking any citizenships for children who have obtained a second citizenship prior to the moratorium being established.

  • xauphil

    I see this article was written in 2013. My daughter obtained Australian Citizenship by descent in 2005. She was born in Norway Aug 2002 to an Australian father (me) and Norwegian mother. Since then, she has travelled to Australia many times on a Norwegian passport with a visitors visa.

    Quite clearly the system has changed as when we in 2016 planned to travel to Australia and apply for visitors visa, the system blocked the application process as she was an Australian citizen. Consequently we applied for an emergency Australian passport at the embassy in Copenhagen and travelled to Australia in 2016. Shortly after returning, my daughter received an Australian passport that expires in 2020.

    Her mother (and now my ex-partner) is concerned that if she travels to Australia (as we would like to visit my ailing father), she will lose her Norwegian citizenship. The trip to Australia is an important one for both my father (91) and my daughter as it may be their last time together.

    i realize, that we can (as we did last time) travel to London on one airline and separate ticket and then travel to Australia using the Australian passport and probably won’t have any issues. However, I am not sure this will appease my ex-partner.

    Any suggestions ASAP much appreciated.