To encourage immigration, Germany considering easier citizenship norms

The change has been brought at a time when Germany needs a workforce to cater to various sectors in the country

BS Web Team New Delhi

Photo: Unsplash (The German Flag)

Listen to This Article

In order to boost migration, Germany has published draft legislation to make it easier for people to acquire German citizenship, reported The Economic Times (ET).
The German government has taken this step to encourage the inflow of migrants and open up the job market in Europe's biggest economy. Quoting Interior Minister Ncaid, the report added, "We want people who have become part of our society to be able to help shape our country democratically." The minister talked about the need for skilled workers in Germany in line with countries like Canada.

The draft talks about the idea of multiple citizenships and proposes to bring down the number of years one has to stay in Germany to become a permanent citizen. The draft proposes to cut down the time to five or three years from the previous eight.
The change has been brought at a time when Germany needs a workforce to cater to various sectors in the country. European Union does not appear to be enough for Germany to fulfill the needs of its economy. Germany has a large number of vacancies in various sectors including gastronomy, childcare, and renewable energy, the ET report said.

However, the bill has attracted opposition from within the ruling coalition in Germany. Those against the legislation are skeptical about the ends achieved through immigration. They fear that the legislation may lead to illegal migration and assimilating the immigrants into the mainstream could come up as a challenge.

Also Read

Hockey World Cup final, Germany vs Belgium: Germans out to stop Red Lions

Germany announces relaxation in its Schengen visa rules for Indians

German police conduct countrywide raids, arrests 25 to avert coup: Report

Here's how Utah's social media law could curb kids' access to social media

Fifa World Cup Highlights: Spain thrash Costa Rica 7-0, Japan shock Germany

JPMorgan sees $3 bn net interest income boost from First Republic deal

SpaceX launches Saudi astronauts, nation's 1st woman in space, to ISS

PM Modi arrives in Australia; to hold talks with PM Albanese Sydney

LIVE: PM Modi arrives in Australia on the last leg of his three-nation tour

European defense ministers meet in Poland to discuss Ukraine's defenses

First Published: May 22 2023 | 6:38 PM IST

Explore News