birth tourism


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birth tourism

Travel to another country for the specific purpose of giving birth to one's child there, so as to avail of that country's economic advantages, such as superior healthcare, or to gain citizenship for the child and/or parent(s). Due to its universal healthcare, even for foreign nationals, the country is a popular destination for birth tourism.
See also: birth
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Asian birth tourism is actually a blessing for America.
In effect, birth tourism allows America to outsource some of its childrearing, resulting in enormous savings.
The American Embassy in Lebanon says it does not consider birth tourism an issue of concern.
A previously confidential report by the governmental agency Citizen and Immigration Canada which surfaced last week listed recommendations to help curb birth tourism and ensure newborns "have a strong connection to Canada" throughout their lives and have at least one parent who is a citizen or permanent resident.
Even without legislation and restrictions, the difficulty of obtaining a tourist visa combined with the high cost of travel, accommodation and hospital bills mean birth tourism is only a viable option for a select number of people.