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Canada60% of Canadians want tougher laws against birth tourism: Angus Reid Institute poll

16:41  14 march  2019
16:41  14 march  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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The Angus Reid Institute is a national, not-for-profit organization commissioning research and opinion polls on issues that matter to Canadians . Canadian Millennials think they have it tougher than past generations, and half of boomers agree. One-in-three say people living in their parents’ homes longer

Birth tourism is the practice of traveling to another country for the purpose of giving birth in that country. The main reason for birth tourism is to obtain citizenship for the child in a country with

60% of Canadians want tougher laws against birth tourism: Angus Reid Institute poll© Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images New Canadians take the oath of citizenship during a citizenship ceremony held at the Royal Canadian Navy local reserve division HMCS York.

A new poll from the Angus Reid Institute says most Canadians feel the country's policy of birthright citizenship goes too far.

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As the legislation stands, any baby born on Canadian soil is automatically granted citizenship, even if the parents are in the country only on a tourist visa.

A poll by the Angus Reid Institute Thursday says 64 per cent of Canadians say that shouldn't be the case.

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Angus Reid (born December 17, 1947) is the Chair of the Angus Reid Institute and CEO and Founder of Angus Reid Global. He has been the recipient of a Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship, the Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Pacific Region in the "services" Category

An Angus Reid Institute / Canadian Broadcasting Corporation partnership. So too have deliberations over the legal makeup of the Canadian family, and considerations regarding birth and death. It is against this backdrop that the Angus Reid Institute and the Canadian Broadcasting

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According to the poll, 60 per cent say Canada's citizenship laws need to change to discourage "birth tourism," where expecting parents deliberately come to Canada to give birth so their babies get citizenship.

Even so, the poll says more Canadians think birthright citizenship is a good policy than a bad one.

And the survey also found people over the age of 55 were more likely to say that birth tourism is a serious problem for Canada, than those under 35.

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