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Germany: Integration Commissioner praises new citizenship law

The Federal Government's Commissioner for Integration has described the planned reform of citizenship law as an important signal.

Berlin - It rewards integration and excludes anti-Semitic criminals, Annette Widmann-Mauz (CDU) told the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe. "Those who integrate well can become Germans faster," said the CDU politician. "But anyone who incites anti-Semitic or racist incitement and is therefore convicted may not get a German passport."

Israel's right to exist and the fight against anti-Semitism are part of the German state. This has to be conveyed clearly in the orientation course, but also in the naturalization test, right from the start. This Thursday the Federal Council wants to make a final decision on the changes in citizenship law, on Friday the Federal Council will deal with the reform.

Among other things, it regulates that immigrants who have completed a German educational or professional qualification can be naturalized more quickly. Those with German degrees now received a German passport after six instead of eight years, according to Widmann-Mauz. Anyone who is a descendant of a family that had to flee during the Nazi era is also now always given a legal right to naturalization.

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