Irish voters this week overwhelmingly approved a referendum to end the practice of granting citizenship to any baby born on Irish soil. Ireland was the only E.U. country that offered such automatic citizenship, and critics complained that pregnant foreigners were showing up just to give birth. The government is now expected to pass a law specifying that only children with at least one Irish parent are entitled to automatic citizenship. Children with no Irish parents will become citizens only if their parents have been residents of Ireland for at least three years.
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