The European state that will eliminate the right to citizenship from birth for one of its territories

The children of immigrants born in Mayotte, a French overseas territory located between Madagascar and the African continent, will no longer automatically become French citizens, the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, announced on Saturday evening.

“It will no longer be possible to become French if you are not the child of French parents,” Darmanin told journalists upon his arrival on the island, announcing the elimination of citizenship by birth in this territory – a first in recent French history.

Located near the impoverished Comoro Islands off the coast of East Africa, the former French colony has become the center of intense social unrest, with many residents blaming illegal immigration for deteriorating living conditions.

Much poorer than mainland France, Mayotte has been rocked by decades of gang violence and social unrest. The situation worsened recently due to a water shortage, notes Reuters, quoted by

The islanders, disgruntled

Since January, islanders have staged strikes and erected roadblocks to protest what they say are unacceptable living conditions, crippling much of the local infrastructure.

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The reform, which Darmanin said was the brainchild of French President Emmanuel Macron, will require an amendment to the Constitution.

It comes less than three weeks after France’s highest court struck down large parts of a new immigration law that was meant to tighten foreigners’ access to social benefits and limit the number of new arrivals in the country.

Immigration is a hot topic in France, one of the European bastions of far-right parties with anti-immigration discourse.

Darmanin declared, however, that “there is no question of doing this for other territories of the Republic”.

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