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Dual Citizenship for Korean Adoptees

posted Apr 24, 2010, 12:21 PM by Luke K
The Nationality Law Revision was passed on 2010/04/21 by the Korean National Assembly. It will give Korean adoptees the right to re-gain their Korean nationality in addition to their adoptive nationality. The revised law will go into effect as per 1st January 2011.

After the launch in fall 2007 G.O.A.'L's "Dual Citizenship Campaign" comes to a successful end by having the law revision passed. G.O.A.'L is grateful to all those who participated from the very beginning and supported this campaign by joining our worldwide signature collection, by donating money or by participating in our surveys and by giving important advice.

G.O.A.'L would like to especially thank Professor Lee Chul-Woo from Yonsei University who served as a special advisor to our campaign. Myriam Cransac who spent much of her time designing the entire campaign, the Ministry of Justice who always supported our cause and to all the congressmen who approved this bill.

We will also discuss all regulations and procedures with the Ministry of Justice in order to get all the answers before the law goes into effect. We are certain many among you will have questions. Please keep following the information either on our G.O.A.'L Facebook group or also on our homepage at

On behalf of G.O.A.'L Congressman Kim Chung-Hwan, who is a member of G.O.A.'L's Board of Directors, submitted also a proposed law amendment to the National Assembly in order to void military service for those Korean adoptees who re-gain their Korean nationality. If the proposed law change is passed, Korean adoptees would not have to serve in the Korean military service. At a seminar at the National Assembly on 23rd April 2010 organized by Congressman Kim Sung Gon, also a member of G.O.A.'L's Board of Directors, various government officials confirmed that this proposal will most likely be passed, too.

Giving Korean adoptees dual citizenship is a fundamental step in the improvement of adoptee rights. This step will certainly have an global impact on international adoptees from other countries.

What started as just a dream has finally materialized!

G.O.A.'L will certainly continue to report on the development on dual citizenship and adoptee rights. If you'd like to contribute to our cause, please visit our homepage.
We have an additional page on our Dual Citizenship Campaign at:

In case you have questions please contact our office.

Best regards

Dae-won Wenger
Board of Directors