Citizenship laws not straightforward
Published 18/12/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- In 'State facing €100m bill to fight 2,000 asylum seeker deportation injunctions' (Sunday Independent, December 11), it was stated that the families of children who are born in Ireland are now legally entitled to reside in Ireland under the Zambrano ruling.
In particular, the article refers to pregnant women being deported before the birth of their child to ensure that the child cannot benefit from Zambrano. This is not entirely accurate and I would like to offer you a clarification on the ruling in Zambrano and the rules surrounding Irish citizenship.
Under Zambrano, EU citizens have a right to reside in the EU and, where those citizens are dependant minors, their parents must be permitted to remain and work in the EU in order for the citizen children to fully enjoy their rights of residence.