Birthright Citizenship Map

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Birthright Citizenship is the automatic granting of citizenship to children born within a nation's borders or territories. The United States and Canada are the only developed nations in the world to still offer Birthright Citizenship to tourists and illegal aliens. The map to the left shows the nations that still grant Birthright Citizenship -- the nations in RED are the developed nations; the nations in ORANGE are the non-developed nations.

8 U.S.C. § 1401 : US Code - Section 1401 (1952) grants automatic citizenship to any person born in the United States.

The following are among the nations repealing Birthright Citizenship in recent years:

  • Australia (2007)
  • New Zealand (2005)
  • Ireland (2005)
  • France (1993)
  • India (1987)
  • Malta (1989)
  • UK (1983)
  • Portugal (1981)

For a complete list of sources used in the development of this list, click here: Notes and Citations Regarding Birthright Citizenship Laws. Much of the information comes from the websites of the individual countries or the United Nations.

DEVELOPED NATIONS*
Birthright Citizenship      

YES

NO

Canada Andorra
United States Australia
  Austria
  Belgium
  Bermuda
  Cyprus
  Czech Republic
  Denmark
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  Germany
  Greece
  Holy See
  Hong Kong
  Iceland
  Ireland
  Israel
  Italy
  Japan
  Liechtenstein
  Luxembourg
  Malta
  Monaco
  Netherlands
  New Zealand
  Norway
  Portugal
  San Marino
  Singapore
  Slovakia
  Slovenia
  South Korea
  Spain
  Sweden
  Switzerland
  Taiwan
  United Kingdom

OTHER NATIONS   
Birthright Citizenship

YES

NO

Antigua and Barbuda Afghanistan
Argentina Albania
Barbados Algeria
Belize Angola
Bolivia Armenia
Brazil Bahamas
Chile Bahrain
Columbia Bangladesh
Dominica Belarus
Ecuador Benin
El Salvador Bhutan
Fiji Bosnia and Herzegovina
Grenada Brunei Darussalam
Guatemala Bulgaria
Guyana Burkina Faso
Honduras Burundi
Jamaica Cambodia
Mexico Cameroon
Nicaragua Central African Republic
Panama Chad
Paraguay China
Peru Colombia
St. Kitts and Nevis Comoros
St. Lucia Côte d'Ivoire
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Croatia
Trinidad and Tobago Djibouti
Uruguay Egypt
Venezuela Eritrea
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Gabon
  Gambia
  Georgia
  Ghana
  Guinea
  Haiti
  Hungary
  India
  Indonesia
  Iran
  Iraq
  Jordan
  Kazakhstan
  Kenya
  Kiribati
  Kosovo
  Kuwait
  Kyrgyz Republic
  Lao PDR
  Latvia
  Lebanon
  Liberia
  Libya
  Lithuania
  Macedonia
  Madagascar
  Malawi
  Malaysia
  Maldives
  Mauritania
  Mauritius
  Moldova
  Mongolia
  Montenegro
  Morocco
  Myanmar
  Namibia
  Nepal
  Nigeria
  Oman
  Papua New Guinea
  Philippines
  Poland
  Qatar
  Romania
  Russia
  Samoa
  São Tomé and Príncipe
  Saudi Arabia
  Senegal
  Serbia
  Seychelles
  Solomon Islands
  South Africa
  Sri Lanka
  Sudan
  Suriname
  Swaziland
  Syrian Arab Republic
  Tajikistan
  Thailand
  Timor-Leste
  Togo
  Tonga
  Tunisia
  Turkey
  Turkmenistan
  Uganda
  Ukraine
  United Arab Emirates
  Uzbekistan
  Vanuatu
  Vietnam
  Yemen
  Zimbabwe

* - List of Developed Nations determined by IMF(International Monetary Fund)

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