Posted: 14.02.2024 17:09:00

France to revoke birthright citizenship in Mayotte to curb migrants

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said that children of immigrants born in Mayotte – the French overseas territory situated between Madagascar and the African mainland – will no longer automatically become French citizens, Reuters reports


Upon his arrival on the island Darmanin made the statement that it would no longer be possible to become French if a person was not the child of parents from this country. This abolition of birthright citizenship is the first in France’s recent history.

“Located to the impoverished Comoro islands off the East African coast, the former French colony has become the centre of violent social unrest, with many residents blaming illegal immigration for deteriorating living conditions,” the publication reads.

Mayotte has been shaken by gang violence and social unrest for many years. The situation has recently worsened amid a water shortage. The island’s residents have therefore staged strikes and set up roadblocks to protest what they call unacceptable living conditions that have paralysed much of the local infrastructure.