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Bosnia and Herzegovina/Slovenia: Whether Bosnia and Slovenia have a bilateral citizenship agreement allowing dual citizenship; whether an ethnic Bosnian born in Bosnia before 1980 who is a resident and citizen of Slovenia would have a right to automatic citizenship in Bosnia

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 7 April 2003
Citation / Document Symbol ZZZ41105.E
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In a 7 April 2003 telephone interview with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Ottawa, an official stated that no bilateral citizenship agreement exists between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia allowing for dual citizenship.

Further the High Representative was quoted as saying "[a]dditionally, I understand that [Bosnia and Herzegovina's] requirement for bilateral agreement for dual citizenship has had the effect of creating difficulties with countries which have adopted this more liberal ‘unrestricted' approach" (ibid.). The report also states that amendments to the Citizenship Law imposed by the High Representative and approved by the Bosnia and Herzegovina House of Peoples force Bosnia and Herzegovina to conclude bilateral agreements on dual citizenship with other states by 1 January 2013, after which time Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens holding dual citizenship will have to choose one citizenship and renounce the other if such agreements are not in place

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.

References

Bosnia and Herzegovina. 30 December 2002. Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Washington. "High Representative Imposes Citizenship Law Amendments, Calls for Fundamental Re-Appraisal of Dual Citizenship." [Accessed 1 Apr. 2003]

_______. 1 December 1995. Bosnia and Herzegovina Constitution. (International Constitutional Law).    [Accessed 2 Apr. 2003]

Slovenia. 7 April 2003. Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, Ottawa. Telephone interview with official.

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Centre for Immigration Studies

Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia

Council of Europe

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