The Canadian Expat Association

April 19, 2010 07:00 ET

Media Advisory-The Canadian Expat Association/ Born-Abroad Children to Citizenship Minister: "We Are Not Citizens of Convenience"

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) - Families from the international adoption and Canadian expatriate communities, and a spokesperson from the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) will be calling on Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to fix the Citizenship Act.

The families (accompanied by their children) and the PAFSO spokesperson will provide statements on how the recently amended Citizenship Act is working contrary to Canada's best interest.

The Citizenship Act was recently amended to include a second-generation cut-off. The second-generation cut-off prevents born-abroad Canadians from passing down their citizenship to their children if they themselves are also born abroad. This "cut-off" mechanism was put in place to address the alleged problem of the "Canadians of convenience". The families will respond to the allegations that they or their born-abroad children are citizens of convenience.

Based on the estimated 2.8 million Canadians currently residing abroad, and the thousands of born-abroad children who are adopted by Canadian families every year, the problems resulting from the second-generation cut-off, such as the two cases of stateless babies reported in the media this past year, will continue to grow.

The families and the PAFSO spokesperson will be available for comments after their statements.

When: Tuesday April 20th at 11:15am
Where: Room 130s, Parliament Hill, Centre Block

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