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Germany agrees to expand right to dual citizenship

Published on Mar 28, 2014 4:29 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - The German government reached an agreement Thursday on liberalising citizenship laws so that people born in Germany to foreign parents can hold two passports, the justice minister said.

The minister, Heiko Maas, said in a statement that he and Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere had struck a deal on a draft law which would create a path to dual citizenship for thousands more people.

Maas called the plan "a very significant step toward a modern citizenship policy".

Those over the age of 21 who were born in Germany and have lived in the country for at least eight years or attended school here for at least six years will no longer have to choose between their birth country and their parents' country of origin.

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