What can a Moroccan do to renounce their Moroccan citizenship? I have no ties or any affiliations with Morocco nor have I ever been happy to be one, and I despise it. I wasn't even born there in the first place, and I have nothing there, no house, relatives willing to harm me, no property, nothing whatsoever.

I've read somewhere that it's possible and elsewhere it's impossible, but I also heard that ultra rich people have the chance to delete their own records from there and delete their identity or ties completely with the country, hence it's a privilege and it being a privilege says everything about the country

Internationally and with human rights conventions and related-stuff, how can I make renouncement of the above mentioned citizenship?

I can tear off or burn my old passport and my "carte nationale", but I do not know if it's enough

  • Do you have dual citizenship? I think this might be a better question for Expats.SE.
    – Ron Beyer
    Nov 14, 2019 at 15:10
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    @RonBeyer: Due to the sticky nature of Moroccan citizenship, many Europeans have dual citizenship from birth. They're not expats in any sense of the word.
    – MSalters
    Nov 14, 2019 at 18:49
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    @abdul: What, ultimately, are you trying to achieve? A sense of self-satisfaction or symbolic action? Removal/reduction of Moroccan jurisdiction of yourself? Citizenship is based upon recognition, so under a certain course of action Morocco might still claim you as one of their citizens, but another country may refuse to recognize it.
    – sharur
    Nov 14, 2019 at 18:55
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    How exactly does the possession of Moroccan citizenship affect you? Why can't you simply forget about it?
    – Greendrake
    Nov 15, 2019 at 3:42
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    For those wondering if this even matters: Yes, it does. For instance, in the Netherlands it's possible to lose the Dutch nationality after being convicted of a crime, but only if this does not leave one stateless. This has resulted in a number of criminals being deported to Morocco, despite having been born and raised in the Netherlands.
    – MSalters
    Nov 15, 2019 at 7:59

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I assume you have Moroccan citizenship by filiation. The relevant law seems to be Dahir n° 1-58-250 du 21 safar 1378 (6 septembre 1958) portant la Code de la nationalité marocaine. It is not clear what the actual procedure is. Chapter 4 covers renunciation and involuntary loss (for e.g. insulting the King). Art. 19 includes some possible cases: case 1, an adult Moroccan who has voluntarily acquired a foreign nationality abroad and is authorized by decree to renounce Moroccan nationality. Article 25 indicates that petition the Minister of Justice, who will determine whether the legal conditions are met, and "to assess whether the favor sought is justified from the national point of view".

However, if you were born in the US (or any other jus soli jurisdiction) to Moroccan parents, you did not acquire that citizenship voluntarily, in which case if the Minister of Justice is a stickler for detail, you do not satisfy the requirements for renunciation of citizenship.

  • I acquirer Italian citizenship at my 18th birthday. The thing is that anyone born in Italy from immigrants can acquire citizenship at 18th birthday without applying or submitting any dossier whatsoever, and this act is voluntary, but the thing is that if the interested individual waits more than 6 months after turning 18, then he has to apply like everyone else (minimum wage, amount of years of paid taxes, working years and so forth)
    – abdul
    Nov 15, 2019 at 8:25
  • @abdul You should first attempt to renounce that citizenship based on accepting another citizenship which (theoretically) is allowed. And do so calmly and politly. Dec 15, 2019 at 20:26

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