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January 16, 2004

Black Irish

Sometimes I like to joke that I'm "black Irish," since most Americans don't know what that means, and often find it as plausible as any of my other outrageous lies. Well, seems like there are many more black Irish in the near future of the Emerald Isle-Irish baby laws attract Africans:

Ireland is the only European Union country that grants automatic citizenship to babies born within its borders.
In 1999, only 2% of babies were born to non-nationals. This year the figure will be almost 20%.

"Most of these women, 70%, are coming from sub-Saharan Africa and the majority of those from Nigeria," Dr Keane told Ireland's RTE radio.

By the way, somewhere between Eire & Igboland was born this woman.

Posted by razib at 01:21 AM