Sun, 03 March 2024
The Daily Ittefaq

Germany: Citizenship law could prompt 50,000 Turks to apply

Update : 20 Jan 2024, 17:02

The Turkish community in Germany said some 50,000 people with Turkish roots were expected to make naturalization applications in the coming years following the country's citizenship law reform.

"And I assume that in the long term, all 1.5 million citizens of Turkish origin in Germany who do not yet have German citizenship will acquire dual citizenship," the head of the Turkish Community in Germany organization, Gökay Sofuoglu, told the media group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

On Friday, Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, approved a law that shortens the path to citizenship and makes it easier to hold multiple nationalities.

'You belong to Germany' — Scholz

"If word gets around about what the new law says, the number of applications for naturalization will increase continuously," Sofuoglu said.

The first wave of Turkish migration to Germany took place in the 1960s when German companies recruited workers from foreign countries to help with its post-war reconstruction. Today, an estimated 3 million people of Turkish heritage live in Germany, which has a total population of around 83.3 million. Out of 3 million Turkish people in Germany, nearly 1.5 million still have Turkish citizenship.

On Friday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany owed them "an immense amount."

"With the new citizenship law, we are saying to all those who have often lived and worked in Germany for decades, who abide by our laws, who are at home here: You belong to Germany," he said.

He feared German authorities will struggle to process all the applications as "they are already overwhelmed."

More on this topic

More on this topic