Germany Introduces New Citizenship Law
On November 25, 2022, the German government announced its new citizenship law, which focuses on dual nationality and the naturalization of immigrants. The interior ministry will draft and submit the new law for cabinet approval.
Germany, home to 80 million people, is addressing the challenge of ageing population. It faces an acute shortage of workers across the industry. The country’s labor ministry has predicted a shortage of 240,000 skilled workers by 2026. This new citizenship legalization introduced by Chancellor Olaf Scholz aims to mitigate the shortage of workers across industries.
Proposed New Laws for German Citizenship
1. A person can be considered for naturalization after five years of residency. However, a person who has lived in the country for three years and is well integrated into society can be considered for naturalization.
2. Children born in Germany would be considered for naturalization if any of their parents has resided in the country for five years.
3. There will be language-based relaxations for elderly immigrants, allowing them to stay and work in the country easily.
This may come as big news for Indian students already living in Germany or wishing to migrate to the country for higher studies. As Germany becomes more immigration-friendly, it is the ideal time to explore the multitudinous academic and career prospects that the country has to offer.
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