Opinions on Reforming the Citizenship Law in Lebanon

One piece of law reform that civil society groups in Lebanon have been actively trying to push is related to the citizenship law. According to the Lebanese law, the Lebanese nationality is only passed by the father with only a few applicable exceptions. As such, Lebanese women who are married to foreign men are prohibited by the current citizenship law from passing their nationality to their family members while the same law allows Lebanese men who are married to foreign women to automatically transfer their nationality to their spouses and children. In the SWMENA survey, we asked respondents if they supported keeping the citizenship law as it is or if they supported changing the law to allow Lebanese women to pass their nationality just as men do. Survey results suggest that there is an overwhelming public support for reforming the citizenship law.