From immigrant to Danish citizen, in a trice

by Paola Battista - 2013.05.28
From immigrant to Danish citizen, in a trice
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As of next 15 June, obtaining the Danish citizenship will be one step closer. The government decided to transform the procedures for the status civitatis, to encourage the integration of the foreign population living in the country permanently. Bill approval and enforcement will introduce six main changes to the previous parameters for passport release, today too strict and far from being realistic. What is new: 1. Candidates will be asked to sit an exam of Danish language, certifying proficiency in Level 2, and no longer in Level 3. 2. The highly criticized test on national history (indfødsretsprøven), notoriously impossible even for native speakers (1 Danish out of 5 in 2010 declared their inability to answer the questions). It will be soon replaced by the most recent  statsborgerskabsprøven, more focused on politics and current events. 3. They will now have to prove that they can support themselves financially for two years and a half, instead of five years, as it was previously the case. 4. Time requirements of continuative residence in the country have changed, and vary depending on the type of immigration. 5. The agreement will commit to help stateless children born in the country and children born outside marriage by a non-Danish parent become naturalized children. 6. Finally, the government will face the issue of double citizenship, in a Member State that is still imposing this choice to those who should have the right to both nationalities.

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