Is Albanese an Italian citizen?

“Anthony Albanese produces the citizenship goods”

Albanese’s was born to a single Australian mother, Maryanne Ellery, and no father was listed on his birth certificate. The document has no name or description in the space for ­’father’ and confirms [according to The Australia] that, legally at least, Mr Albanese never had an Italian dad.

“My only legal parent on my birth certificate is my mother”, he told ABC radio. “I was due to be adopted out and I was told indeed that my father was ­deceased and my mother, as a young Catholic woman in 1963, as was pretty common at the time, was due to have me adopted out. She chose to keep me. She made that courageous decision”.

Mr Albanese grew up believing his father, Carlo Albanese, was killed in a car accident. When he was 14, his mother told him they met on an overseas trip

Er, not quite…

According to the Italian consulate in Sydney, Italian citizenship can be acquired by descent at the time of a person’s birth, as long as one parent is an Italian citizen.

Claims for Italian citizenship must also be supported by documentary evidence, including the applicant’s birth certificate.

“My sole citizenship of Australia is absolutely clear,” Mr Albanese told The Australian.

Citizenship law expert Barbara Cova, who is admitted to the Milan Bar Association, confirmed a person must ‘legally’ be a child of an Italian citizen to obtain citizenship.

It would be a weird law that overrides FACT.

Source: The Australian

…Albanese met with his father, which amounts to a public declaration that Carlo was his father.

2009: Anthony Albanese with his father, Carlo Albanese

Anthony Albanese with his father, Carlo Albanese, in Barletta, Italy, 2009

Source: ABC News


2016: Anthony Albanese’s long-held family secret

“We had a photo from the ship (the Fairsky) where he worked as a steward, which is where he met my mother on the journey across from Sydney across to London”, Mr Albanese said.

Source: ABC News


Carlo is an Italian citizen

2011: The Albanese family in Italy

2011: Anthony Albanese (left) with his wife Carmel Tebbutt (centre), father Carlo (right) and son Nathan (front) in Italy 2011

Source: ABC News

Attribution of citizenship through jus sanguinis

Citizens of other countries descended from an ancestor (parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, etc.) born in Italy may have a claim to Italian citizenship by descent (or, in other words, by derivation according to jus sanguinis citizenship principles). Italian citizenship is granted by birth through the paternal line, with no limit on the number of generations, or through the maternal line for individuals born after 1 January 1948.

An Italian citizen may be born in a country whose citizenship is acquired at birth by all persons born there. That person would be born therefore with the citizenship of two (or possibly more) countries.

Delays in reporting the birth of an Italian citizen abroad do not cause that person to lose Italian citizenship, and such a report might in some cases be filed by the person’s descendants many years after he or she is deceased. A descendant of a deceased Italian citizen whose birth in another country was not reported to Italy may report that birth, along with his or her own birth, to be acknowledged as having Italian citizenship.

Source: Wikipedia

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