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Citizenship News

EUDO CITIZENSHIP offers a selection of media reports and news summaries on significant legislative changes, court decisions, policy developments, political campaigns or other events concerning citizenship in Europe and beyond.

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A number of Swiss citizens by marriage at risk of statelessness

The Tages Anzeiger has reported that a number of foreign nationals who obtained Swiss citizenship through marriage are potentially at risk of statelessness (if their country of origin does not accept dual nationality). The Swiss citizenship through marriage can be revoked up to eight years after the marriage took place if the authorities suspect it to be fraudulent.

Read more in The Local, the original report in Tages Anzeiger (in German) and consult our country profile pages for details of current and past citizenship legislation in Switzerland. 

UK citizenship after the Brexit vote

A report published by Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) maintains that a fundamental reform of the UK citizenship policy is required in order to resolve the status of EU citizens living in the UK. The report highlights that citizenship reform in the UK should seek to integrate long-term migrants in the national population in order to ensure social cohesion. 

Ahead of the referendum, there was an increase of 14% in in applications for British citizenship by EU nationals. The vote to leave the EU is likely to trigger a further increase in UK citizenship applications.

Read the IPPR report, details of citizenship application increase in The Guardian, our analysis of the effects of the Brexit on citizenship.

For details of the current and past citizenship legislation in the UK consult our country profile pages.


German and Austrian politicians target Turkish dual citizens

Pro-Erdogan demonstrations in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium; Terrorist attacks in Germany and France. Against the background of these events representatives of conservative parties throughout Europe have questioned dual citizenship. In Germany, Jens Spahn from the Christian Democrats was the first to claim ending dual citizenship toleration for jus-soli-children. The Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz demanded enforcement of an existing ban against dual citizenship.  More recently, Nicolas Sarkozy of the French Republicans promotes a stricter course on dual citizenship for those with a criminal record

Find Op Eds by EUDO Citizenship co-director Rainer Bauböck on the Austrian case in Der Standard (in German), and by EUDO-collaborator Nils Witte on the German case on www.migazin.de (in German), and in Le Monde (in French).

Austrian politicians demand tougher sanctions against Austrian-Turkish dual citizens

After demonstrations by supporters of Turkey’s president Erdogan against the attempted military coup in Turkey, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, as well as spokespersons of the Conservative Party and one Green Party MP demanded stricter controls or higher penalties to enforce an existing ban against dual citizenship. Austrian law permits dual citizenship in cases where it is in the national interest or where a citizenship of origin cannot be renounced, but requires that other applicants for naturalisation provide evidence that they have lost their previous citizenship. The above-mentioned politicians claim that a significant number of naturalised immigrants of Turkish origin have reacquired their temporarily lost Turkish citizenship without informing the Austrian authorities. If detected, these persons would lose their Austrian citizenship.

Read an op ed commentary by EUDO Citizenship co-director Rainer Bauböck in the Austrian daily Der Standard (in German).

For details of current and past citizenship legislation in Austria, consult our country profile page.

Increase in requests for Irish passports after Brexit

After the decision of the UK to leave the EU, an increasing number of British citizens have applied for Irish citizenship to secure the status of EU citizenship. Compared to the period between January and July 2015, the number of applications for citizenship to the Irish passport office has increased by 11 per cent. Most of the new applicants are residents in Northern Ireland (7,045) and Great Britain (5,719).

According to the 2011 census, 407,000 in the UK are Irish citizens by descent from parents or grandparents born in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. In some cases, in order to establish their citizenship, they will first need to enter their names on the register of foreign births. But for many people asserting their Irish citizenship which has been dormant is simply a matter of applying for an Irish passport.

Read more in the Sunday Business Post and The Journal, the opinion pieces on the effects of this trend in Irish Times here and here, as well as a recent analysis in Bloomberg.

For more information on the current and past citizenship legislation in Ireland, consult our country profile pages