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BERLIN: The German government on Friday said it was working on plans to “simplify” the path to citizenship, by speeding up the naturalisation of immigrants and allowing dual nationality.

The interior ministry aims to unveil a draft law “soon” that will be submitted to the cabinet for approval, a spokesman told AFP.

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 overhaul of Germany’s citizenship legislation was a key pledge made by Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s centre-left-led coalition government when it came to power a year ago.

It comes as Germany, an ageing country home to more than 80 million people, faces an acute shortage of workers across numerous industries.

The labour ministry has predicted a shortfall of some 240,000 skilled workers by 2026 in Europe’s biggest economy.

“We will create a modern citizenship law,” Scholz’s three-party government said in its coalition agreement.

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“To this end, we will make multiple citizenship possible and simplify the path to acquiring German citizenship.”

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Mansoor ismail gafur Nov 27, 2022 08:24am
Good chance for foreigners to get dual citizenship. M a kenyan, can I get the chance?
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Akhtar Nov 27, 2022 07:13pm
It is good news but need to impliment.
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Abdullah Nov 28, 2022 09:13am
@Mansoor ismail gafur, No dear.With the number of mails you guys have sent to german authorities to give cash to them they are not leTting you in
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Syed jamiluddin Nov 28, 2022 11:59am
I and my divided family permanently residents at Berlin and Karachi Pakistan, extends our hearty congratulation to German Government in relaxation of the rules for dual Citizenship with in three years of time.I suggest to reduce the time frame from three years to one year for the qualified ,gentle and law abiding blood related re maing members in Pakistan of the members having dual Citizenship or single German citizenship.
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Najeeb Sadiq Nov 28, 2022 06:45pm
Great news.
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Rao Ali Nov 29, 2022 10:29pm
Good news, govt should implement asap.
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