Citizenship in Germany

In this section, West selects the most up-to-date news, accompanied by regulations, data and studies on citizenship for foreigners: the legal mechanisms established in the various countries that establish the conditions according to which a foreigner and his/her family are able to become citizens in the country to which they have immigrated.

The Bundestag brings in the dual citizenship


Germany brought in the dual citizenship. The parliament in Berlin passed the bill which removes the so-called 'Optiospflicht', a duty for those born from an immigrant family to choose one nationality – Germany’s or ...

Third Merkel government focusing on social policies


The newly established große Koalition in Germany is also - above all - based on social policies. This topic was at the heart of quick discussions and heated debates between Angela Merkel's CDU party on ...

The big bang of immigration in Germany


In Germany the number of foreigners increased by about 282,800, +4.1% in 2012. The highest rise since 1993. This is the key finding of statistics made by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). Different reasons ...

After the Wall, the little wall falls down


From May 1 2011, the last work restrictions to access to the EU countries’ national labor markets for citizens of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary will be lifted. Envisaged ...