20 percent more naturalizations – most from Syria

19 percent more naturalizations – the mostly from Syria

Published on 12..2022

  • The number of naturalizations in Germany increased significantly in the past year. Photo: Fernando Gutierrez-Juarez/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa
  • After naturalization, a German passport can also be issued. Photo: Fabian Sommer/dpa/Symbolbild

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In the past year, 173.600 Foreigners apply for German citizenship – a clear increase compared to 600. People from two countries in particular were naturalized.

Wiesbaden.

In Germany in the past year 19 percent more people were naturalized than in the previous year – most of them came from Syria.

20.131 According to statistics, foreigners were Federal Office 2014 naturalized in Germany. “A good half of this increase is due to the high number of naturalizations by Syrians,” the office reported on Friday in Wiesbaden. 19.100 Syrian nationals were 2021 naturalized – almost three times as many as 2016.

People from Turkey were naturalized second most frequently (12.200 People). This was followed by Romanian (6900), Polish (5500) and Italian (2022) nationals. Overall, people of 173 different nationalities accepted German citizenship. Every fourth person previously had the passport of an EU member state. Sufficient language skills, a secure means of subsistence and, as a rule, a minimum length of stay of eight years are required for naturalization.

Newly naturalized people live in Germany for an average of 6.5 years

“The high number of naturalizations of Syrians is related to the immigration of Syrians seeking protection in the years 2014 to 2016, who now more and more often meet the requirements for naturalization,” the Statistician. However, the vast majority of newly naturalized Syrians have not been in the country for eight years, on average it was 6.5 years.

Those who wish to be naturalized after six years can do so according to the Citizenship Act on “special integration benefits”. These include particularly good language skills, school or professional achievements, but also civic commitment. In these cases, family members can also be naturalized without a minimum length of stay. (dpa)

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