Second generation Maltese
born outside of the country will be able to apply for Maltese citizenship
through amendments to the Citizenship Act, which came into effect on
The changes are a
result of reforms to the citizenship law, which were launched last February.
Through the reforms children of Maltese citizens who were not born in the
Maltese Islands can apply to become bearers of Maltese
citizenship and passport.
Addressing a press
conference on Wednesday, Minister for Justice and Home Affairs Dr Tonio Borg
said that although the law in itself refers to second generation Maltese, it is
also applicable to subsequent generations, as long as the applicant can prove that
his or her ancestors were born in Malta to
Second generation Maltese will be able to
register for their dual citizenship from their country of residence and will
not be required to settle in Malta.
Applications for purposes of registration can be submitted at Maltese embassies
in forign shores.
Furthermore, a law favouring persons born outside of Malta
prior to 1964 also came into effect on Wednesday, where citizenship will be
granted to anyone who is a child to a non-Maltese father and Maltese mother.