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Dominica: Whether children of a citizen of Dominica have a right to citizenship in Dominica if they were born between 1991 and 1997

Publisher Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 10 March 2003
Citation / Document Symbol DMA41358.E
Reference 2
Cite as Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Dominica: Whether children of a citizen of Dominica have a right to citizenship in Dominica if they were born between 1991 and 1997, 10 March 2003, DMA41358.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3f7d4d8d23.html [accessed 18 April 2014]
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Please find attached a copy of Chapter VII of the Constitution of Dominica ("Citizenship"), which outlines the conditions under which the child of a Dominican parent can be considered a citizen of Dominica. The excerpt includes article 102 entitled "Interpretation," which describes certain terms and considerations which could apply to a question of citizenship, and the subsequent constitutional chapter ("Chapter VIII: Judicial Provisions") that explains procedures for questions of constitutional interpretation and appeal.

According to information provided by a consular officer at the High Commission for the Countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in Ottawa on 10 March 2003, children of a Dominican parent are eligible for Dominican citizenship.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Reference

High Commission for the Countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Ottawa. 10 March 2003. Telephone communication with consular staff.

Attachment

Flanz, Gisbert H.. March 1997. "Commonwealth of Dominica." Constitutions of the Countries of the World. Edited by Gisbert H. Flanz. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, pp. 90-96.

Additional Sources Consulted

Country Reports 2000-2001. 2001-2002.

IRB Databases.

Internet sites and search engines, including:

Amnesty International.

Government of Dominica

Human Rights Watch.

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Refworld

United States Committee for Refugees (USCR)

United States Defense Personnel Security Research Center (DPSRC)

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