Posted on February 13, 2024

In Bid to Curb Immigration, France to Scrap Birthright Citizenship in Mayotte

Reuters, February 11, 2024

Children of immigrants born in Mayotte, the French overseas territory situated between Madagascar and the African mainland, will no longer automatically become French citizens, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said late on Sunday.

“It will no longer be possible to become French if one is not the child of French parents”, Darmanin told journalists upon his arrival on the island, announcing the scrapping of birthright citizenship there – a first in recent French history.

Located close to the impoverished Comoro islands off the East African coast, the former French colony has become the centre of fierce social unrest, with many residents blaming undocumented immigration for the deteriorating conditions.


Darmanin said, however, that “there is no question of doing this for other territories of the Republic.”