Germany Working To Ease Citizenship Rules
Germany’s government has announced the intention to make it easier for migrants to become German citizens.
It comes as Germany, an aging country home to more than 80 million people, faces an acute shortage of workers across numerous industries.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Germany has long become “the country of hope” for many and that it is good for people who have settled in the country to seek citizenship.
“We will create a modern citizenship law,”
“To this end, we will make multiple citizenships possible and simplify the path to acquiring German citizenship.”German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
Under the proposed new rules, naturalisation would be possible after five years of residency instead of eight, and even as little as three years for people deemed to have integrated particularly well.
Children born in Germany would automatically become citizens if one of their immigrant parents has lived in the country legally for at least five years.
The interior ministry also plans to relax some language requirements for elderly immigrants and make it easier for people to hold multiple nationalities.
The government also wants to remove restrictions on holding dual citizenship. Currently, most people from countries other than European Union members and Switzerland have to renounce their previous nationality in principle when they obtain German citizenship, although there are some exceptions.
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