In today’s globalized world, dual citizenship matters. This topic was discussed during a webinar hosted by Aliansi Pelangi Antar Bangsa (APAB) on Dual Citizenship for Mixed Marriage Families on Tuesday, 4 August 2020. This webinar formed part of a series of events that APAB was organizing in its efforts to advocate changes in Indonesia’s Law No. 12 Year 2006 on Citizenship which is currently included in the DPR’s 2020-2024 National Legislation Programme (Prolegnas) for review. Speakers at the event included Professor Susi Dwi Harijanti, Constitutional Law, Universitas Padjadjaran; Fahri Hamzah, Former Deputy Chair of Indonesian Parliament; Yuyun Wahyuningrum, Indonesian Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR); and Heru Susetyo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia.

Reflecting today’s global mobility trends, a growing number of Indonesians are married to foreign nationals and decide to stay in Indonesia or live overseas either permanently or temporarily. Indonesia’s Citizenship Law and Law No. 6 Year 2011 on Immigration has partly recognized this trend, as demonstrated by the possibility for foreign spouses to obtain permanent residence permits in Indonesia (KITAP) and the granting of limited dual citizenship to children of mixed marriage couples at birth.

“These progressive measures are positive first steps towards accommodating today’s reality of an increasingly interconnected world”, noted Nia Schumacher, Chair of APAB. Yet, under Indonesia’s current legal framework, mixed marriage families are still facing considerable hurdles. “The lack of equal treatment under Indonesian law has far-reaching implications on the
well-being of mixed marriage families”, adds Schumacher. “This is all the more true in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic during which many mixed marriage families have found themselves separated or face other challenges due to border restrictions and interruption of immigration services in Indonesia and other countries.” Everything related to this issue was then discussed in depth in the webinar attended by more than 100 participants.

About APAB
APAB was established in September 2002 and is an association of several mixed marriage organizations – including Srikandi, Komunitas Melati Worldwide (Komet VW), Cross-Cultural Couples Club (C4) and DIANA – and individuals who are concerned about the situation of mixed marriage families in Indonesia and abroad. All together, APAB represents more than 6,000 members of mixed marriage families who are living in and outside Indonesia. Over the last 2 decades, APAB’s advocacy to government ministries, parliament, and other key stakeholders has contributed to greater recognition and protection of the rights of mixed marriage families, particularly in Law No. 12 of 2006 on Citizenship and Law No. 6 of 2011 on Immigration.

For more information, please contact Nia Schumacher, APAB Chair on email: nkschumacher06@gmail.com.