Denmark to deprive jihadists’ children of their citizenship
The Danish Immigration Ministry in a statement announced that children born abroad to Danish citizens who fought alongside Islamic militants will no longer receive Danish citizenship.
“As their parents have turned their back on Denmark, there is no reason for the children to become Danish citizens,” Immigration Minister Inger Stojberg was quoted as saying in a statement.
The proposal was laid out by the minority government after striking a deal with its populist ally, the Danish People’s Party.
The bill must still go through parliament but the government expects it to pass easily.
No date has been set for the vote.
Since 2016, it has been a criminal offence under Danish law to have fought in conflict zones for a terrorist group and it is calculated that there are forty jihadists with links to Denmark in Syria. The exact number of Danish children born there remains unknown.
Under the new rules, holders of dual nationality can lose their Danish citizenship by simple administrative order.