‘Children of jihadists born abroad’, no rights to get Danish nationality
Children born abroad to Danish jihadists will no longer receive Danish citizenship, minority government announced after striking a deal with its populist ally Danish People’s Party.
“Contrary to current rules, children who will be born in regions prohibited to Danes will not automatically receive Danish nationality,” Immigration Ministry said in a statement.
“As their parents have turned their back on Denmark, there is no reason for children to become Danish citizens,” Immigration Minister, Inger Stojberg was quoted as saying in statement.
The proposal must still go through parliament. No date has been set for vote but it is expected to pass.
The fate of foreign fighters with the Islamic State group and their families has become a major international headache since fall of last vestige of its so-called caliphate in Syria.
Since 2016, it has been a criminal offence under Danish law to have fought in conflict zones for a terrorist group. The courts have already convicted 13 people for having joined or tried to join a terrorist organisation.
Nine of those were stripped of their Danish nationality and expelled from country. The others could not be stripped of their citizenship as they did not hold dual nationality.