Cabinet Approves Dual Citizenship Law

A Cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved a new law aimed at allowing more people to maintain dual citizenship.

But unlike a draft announced last month, the new version excludes "anchor babies," who have foreign citizenship because their mothers deliberately give birth in a country where birthright citizenship is recognized such as the U.S.

Under the new rules, Korean citizens who have dual citizenship because they were born overseas can maintain dual citizenship for life if they sign an oath that they will not exercise rights or privileges of foreign citizenship in Korea before they turn 22. Men can only maintain dual citizenship after fulfilling their compulsory military service.

When it is evident that a person was an anchor baby, they must choose one citizenship after turning 22 and, if they are based in Korea, cannot relinquish their Korean citizenship.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 23, 2009 11:43 KST