France and Réunion: Whether French citizenship conferred by marriage to a Pakistani woman in Réunion who is now divorced, provides her with the right to live and work in France (2003-May 2005)
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Ottawa|
|Publication Date||1 June 2005|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ZZZ100130.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, France and Réunion: Whether French citizenship conferred by marriage to a Pakistani woman in Réunion who is now divorced, provides her with the right to live and work in France (2003-May 2005), 1 June 2005, ZZZ100130.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/440ed76728.html [accessed 11 March 2014]|
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According to the First Secretary at the Embassy of France in Ottawa, Réunion is one of four overseas departments (along with Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana) where French laws apply (27 May 2005).
A citizen of France has the same rights no matter where the citizenship was acquired (Embassy of France, Ottawa 27 May 2005). The person's origin, Pakistani in this case, does not change the fact that she has French citizenship and thus is [translation] "entitled to work freely in Paris or elsewhere in France" (ibid.).
The Website of the Centre d'information sur l'Europe states that [translation] "the four overseas departments have been French departments since 1946" and that the free movement of people and merchandise applies between Europe and Réunion (25 Apr. 2003).
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 for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Centre d'information sur l'Europe. 25 April 2003. "Union européenne et Outre-mer français."
Embassy of France, Ottawa. 27 May 2005. Correspondence with the First Secretary.
Additional Sources Consulted
Internet sites, including: Ambassade de France au Canada, Clicanoo – Le Journal de l'Île de la Réunion, Îledelareunion.net.