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This report surveys acquisition of citizenship through international adoption in 18 countries around the globe. It provides a general overview about the main legislative instruments governing international adoption and acquisition of citizenship in each of the surveyed countries. The report shows that, in most of the surveyed countries, citizenship laws are the main piece of legislation governing the acquisition of citizenship through intercountry adoption. The report sheds light on the required process and procedures of adoption in the surveyed countries.

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Comparative Summary (map included)

Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Canada
China
Costa Rica
France
Germany
India
Israel
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Russian Federation
South Africa
Sweden
Turkey
United Kingdom

Prepared by Global Legal Research Directorate Staff
February 2021

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Last Updated: 02/25/2021