2 Jun 2015

Solomons public appeal for dual citizenship growing

9:12 am on 2 June 2015

A petition in Solomon Islands is calling for its people to be allowed dual citizenship.

More than 480 signatures have been collected in the appeal which is to be presented to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

The woman behind the letter is Australian Jennifer Ragaruma who has lived in Solomon Islands since 2004 with her Solomon Islands husband Morgan and their daughters, Katelyn 7 and twins, Keelah and Anneka 4.

The woman behind the letter is Australian Jennifer Ragaruma who has lived in Solomon Islands since 2004 with her Solomon Islands husband Morgan and their daughters, Katelyn 7 and twins, Keelah and Anneka 4. Photo: RNZI Courtesy of Jennifer and Morgan Ragaruma

An Australian woman, Jennifer Ragaruma, who is married to a Solomon Islander, is behind the appeal.

She says it is timed to fit with with the government's review of immigration laws.

"This is the cry of a lot of people and in my own situation I would really love for my own children to be legally half Solomon half Australia which is what they are by blood. And for my self, you know I love Solomon Islands as much as I do Australia I have lived here for a long time I'd like to feel like I belonged."