Urgent.. An unprecedented number are obtaining German citizenship

Abdallah Shahin - | UAE

Official data released on Tuesday reveals that Germany had a substantial rise in the number of individuals acquiring German citizenship last year. This surge can be attributed to the large influx of Syrian immigrants, which propelled naturalization procedures to their highest levels since at least 2000.

According to the Federal Statistics Office in Germany, the number of individuals who acquired German citizenship in 2023 was approximately 200,000, representing a 19% rise of 31,000 compared to the previous year.

This surge follows a previous surge of 28% in 2022, which was also driven by a significant influx of naturalized Syrians. The increase can be attributed to the growing number of immigrants who arrived in Germany between 2014 and 2016 and fulfilled the requirements for acquiring citizenship.

According to the Federal Statistics Office, a total of 75,500 individuals from Syria acquired German citizenship, making them the largest demographic group, accounting for 38% of the overall number.

This figure signifies a 56% surge in comparison to the year 2022. On average, these individuals resided in Germany for a period of six to eight years prior to acquiring German citizenship.

Last year, a total of 10,700 individuals from Turkey and Iraq acquired German citizenship, ranking these two groups in the second position.

Requirements for acquiring citizenship encompass a proficient command of the German language and the obligation for the candidate to substantiate their financial self-sufficiency.

In accordance with the law, a person is obligated, as was the situation in the previous year, to primarily dwell in Germany for a minimum of eight years. However, this condition does not extend to wives and children.

The duration of this time can be shortened to six years for those who have demonstrated exceptional integration accomplishments, such as a high level of language competence, notable professional achievements, or active involvement in civic activities.

These regulations are being eased as a result of new legislation that will be implemented on June 27. Individuals can qualify for citizenship in Germany after residing in the country for a period of five years, or three years if the candidate demonstrates "special integration achievements."

If one of the parents has lawfully lived in Germany for five years, children born in the nation will be granted citizenship automatically, rather than having to wait for eight years. The authorities will also lift constraints on the possession of dual citizenship.

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