(Germany) Germany Relaxes Nationality Law for Descendants of Nazi Victi
From Jan Meisels Allen email@example.com@21:1/5 to All on Mon Sep 2 23:06:15 2019
Germany announced that descendants of those who were persecuted by the Nazis will find it easier to regain Germany citizenship. Plans were announced late this week to revise the Nationality law creating new categories of
eligibility. They went into effect on Friday August 30. The new categories include descendants of women who were forced to emigrate after marrying non-German men. This is being done by decree rather than legislation by the German interior Minister. Some are concerned that by doing this by decree
may take longer than by legislation.
The German constitution states descendants of Jews or others who were persecuted either religiously or politically, have the right to have their German citizenship reinstated. However, many have been told they are not eligible because their parents or grandparents were forced to flee abroad
and their claims were made through a female descendant or because of
adoption. Until 1953, German citizenship could only be passed on through
the paternal line. The new provisions cover individuals with a German mother and foreign father having their citizenship restored, provided they were
born before April 1953.
This change in policy is partly due to a UK-based group that lobbied the
German government for liberalizing the citizenship laws for descendants of those persecuted by the Nazis. Article 116 is that part of the German nationality law regarding whom may restore their German citizenship. Part of the issue is for those who due to Brexit want to maintain their ties to continental Europe and after the Brexit referendum were denied but now would
be able to reapply and get approval.
Jan Meisels Allen
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