The counselor said Olaf Schultz In a video message, on Saturday, that “Germany has long become a country of hope for many, and it is a good thing that people who have taken root in the country decide to obtain citizenship.”.
“Germany needs better rules for naturalizing all these great men and women,” he added, according to the Associated Press.
The reform of citizenship rules is one of a series of modernization reforms that Schulz’s three-party coalition, the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Free Democratic Party, agreed to tackle when it came to power last December..
The Interior Ministry said on Friday that the bill was “almost ready”.
Last year’s coalition agreement called for people to be eligible for benefits German nationality After 5 years, or 3 years in the case of “special merger achievements”, instead of 8 or 6 years at present.
Children born in Germany will automatically become citizens if one of the parents has been a legal resident for 5 years.
The government also wants to abolish restrictions on pregnancy dual nationality.
In principle, most people from countries other than current EU members and Switzerland have to renounce their previous nationalities when they acquire German citizenship, although there are some exemptions..
Home Secretary Nancy Visser said: “Reducing the waiting time to become eligible for citizenship is an incentive to integrate.”
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