Joy for expats in Denmark as government passes dual citizenship law

Published:  18 Dec at 4 PM
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Denmark has finally passed a law that will allow expats to become citizens of the country without losing the citizenship of their homeland.

The new legislation also states that Danes who have previously given up their citizenship are able to reclaim it.

The government’s decision on dual citizenship came after a research on the issue began back in 2012. The panel in charge of looking into it first considered the option of allowing dual citizenship for individuals from EU countries or member states of NATO, but came to the conclusion that this could go against European human rights conventions regarding discrimination.

Justice Minister Karen Haekkerup explained that many people opt to live abroad but like to keep a strong attachment to their homeland, noting that it would be wrong to make people choose. She said that the report offered a solid foundation for debating the issue of dual citizenship. She added that nothing will change in terms of the application process for becoming a Danish citizen.

The panel also looked at how dual citizenship had worked in other countries, like neighbouring Sweden, which introduced the law back in 2001.
Denmark is now set to introduce its new law in September next year.
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