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Jakarta Post

Mixed-nationality families eager to push for dual citizenship

  • Galih Gumelar


Jakarta   /   Tue, August 11 2020   /  01:00 am
Children proudly hold the flags of their nationalities at the event to commemorate a decade since the 2006 Law on Citizenship at the Law and Human Rights Ministry. By law, children from mixed-nationality marriages are allowed to hold both of their parents' citizenships until they turn 21, when they have to choose one nationality.(JP/Liza Yosephine)

Mixed-nationality families under the Aliansi Pelangi Antar Bangsa (APAB) aim to be more assertive this year in pushing the House of Representatives to revise the 2006 Citizenship Law and list it in next year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas), so that members of mixed families can obtain dual nationality. APAB head Nia Schumacher said the urge to push for a revision was based on the House’s decision to incorporate the amendment of Citizenship Law in its 2020-2024 Prolegnas during the House’s plenary session on Dec. 17, 2019, along with another 247 bills on the list. She also urged the House to expedite the deliberation of the bill as there had been no significant progress by lawmakers in following up on the call for dual citizenship, which the organization had demanded since 2002. To persuade lawmakers to finally revise the law next year, the organizati...