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Ottawa to consult with provinces on dealing with ‘birth tourism’

Birth tourism is a common practice even in Hong Kong. According to official statistics, 95,337 babies were born in Hong Kong in 2011 and as much as 40% of babies’ parents are birth tourists from Mainland China.

Ottawa to consult with provinces on dealing with ‘birth tourism’

Citizenship reforms don’t deal with the phenomenon where a mother comes here to give birth to obtain Canadian citizenship for her child.

By:  Immigration Reporter, Published on Thu Feb 06 2014
 

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander plans to consult with the provinces and territories to find an “appropriate way” to deal with birth tourism.

Many had expected Alexander to include it in the package of citizenship reforms introduced in Parliament on Thursday. But there was nothing in the legislation that dealt with the phenomenon of passport babies — where a mother comes to Canada to give birth to obtain Canadian citizenship for her child.

“We want to address the issue of people who have absolutely no strong connection to Canada and have no desire to live here, coming solely for the purpose of giving birth and then leaving,” Alexander told a news conference in Toronto after Bill C-24, Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, was tabled. (…)

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