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Updated: 01/21/2014 21:07 | By Channel NewsAsia

About 3,400 minors a year granted dual citizenship since 1987

About 3,400 minors a year granted dual citizenship since 1987


About 3,400 minors a year granted dual citizenship since 1987

SINGAPORE: From 1987 to 2012, some 3,400 minors a year on average were granted Singapore citizenship while also holding foreign citizenship, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean said.

He was responding to a question in Parliament by Non-Constituency MP Lina Chiam.

While Mrs Chiam had requested for information dating to 1980, Mr Teo said in his written reply that data before 1987 is not available.

Mr Teo said there are a number of minors below the age of 21 who had also acquired citizenship from another country.

This is because they were born overseas in that country, or one of their parents was a foreigner at the time of their birth.

In addition, there are children who had become permanent residents under their parents' sponsorship, and who were subsequently granted Singapore citizenship together with their parents.

Mr Teo reiterated that Singapore does not allow dual citizenship.

Singapore citizen minors who have foreign citizenship are allowed to keep their foreign citizenship until they turn 21, when they will have to make a decision on which citizenship to retain.

If they choose to remain a Singapore citizen, they will have to give up the foreign citizenship.   - CNA/gn

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