A noncommercial collection of information about citizenship, dual citizenship and multiple citizenship

Dual and Multiple Citizenship

Why is multiple citizenship interesting?

The numbers are large and increasing. Millions of people in the world are presently citizens of more than one country. The number of multiple citizens is going to increase rapidly as people become ever more mobile, living, marrying and having children in multiple countries over the course of their lives.

Many people do not realize that they already have multiple citizenship. For example, if one of your parents was born in Canada and you are born in the US, then you are automatically both a Canadian citizen and an US citizen.

It brings important personal opportunities and responsibilities. As a citizen of a country, you have the opportunity to live there, go to school, work, get medical care, have children, buy property, and retire. There may be agreements to allow freedom of movement to other countries, as in the EU. There may also be responsibilities connected with citizenship, such as potential military service.

It raises interesting and difficult questions about citizenship itself.


What is this site?

This is a noncommercial collection of information about citizenship, with a focus on dual citizenship and multiple citizenship. It is a resource to help understand when it occurs and what it means.

Clear information is hard to find. Each country has its own laws, rules and interpretations, and the practical effect of those is usually very unclear. Some countries try to keep things simple and understandable. Others don't bother. This is a complicated and interesting area. Please read our Disclaimer carefully so that you understand the limitations of this material.


Information and resources

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How are people born with citizenship? How do they obtain it later?

How can you tell if you are a citizen of a country? (Not yet available)

What are the advantages and disadvantages of having citizenship in more than one country? (Not yet available)

Examples of people with more than one citizenship

Country specific information

How to find more information

Articles and links to other resources

A few questions and answers


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