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02-25-2013, 05:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Rafa Nadal View Post
Not sure if you follow soccer, but Mario Balotelli had to wait for his 18th birthday to get his Italian citizenship even though he was born and raised there. Is it because he was born to Ghanaian immigrants?
Yes (and also because he was adopted).

Most European countries follow jus sanguinis citizenship policies, basically citizenship by blood/descent. Immigrants and their children can become citizens, but often not at birth unless certain conditions apply (such as a prolonged period of legal residence). Stephan El Shaarawy has an Italian mother, so he was a citizen from birth.

Another good example is Ezequiel Schleotto, whose great-great-grandfather was from Liguria, so he holds an Italian passport and now plays for Italy.

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