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More and more Syrians are receiving German citizenship


Wiesbaden - The number of Syrians naturalized in Germany has continued to rise. Contrary to the general trend, the naturalizations of Syrian citizens increased by 74 percent to 6,700 in 2020 compared to the previous year, the Federal Statistical Office announced on Wednesday. For the first time, they made up the second largest group of naturalized persons.

“Five years ago there were 2,000 naturalizations. It is to be expected that the number will continue to rise in the coming years if more and more of the Syrian asylum seekers who entered the country between 2014 and 2016 meet the requirements for naturalization,” wrote the Federal Office. For around 22 percent of naturalized Syrians, the minimum length of stay has been shortened due to special integration benefits.

Turks are most often naturalized
As in previous years, Turks were the most likely to receive German citizenship in 2020. However, their number fell by more than a quarter (minus 28 percent) compared to 2019 to around 11,600. Overall, the number of naturalizations also fell by around 15 percent to 109,900 people. Half of the decline is due to the reduced number of British naturalizations.

According to the information, the 2020 naturalized had 173 different nationalities. Around a quarter (26 percent) had the nationality of one of the 27 EU member states. Among them, Romanians formed the largest group of naturalized people.

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