More Germans getting dual citizenship abroad

Increasing numbers of Germans living abroad are taking up the chance to get a second citizenship, a procedure which is still difficult for foreigners living in Germany.

More Germans getting dual citizenship abroad
Not so exclusive. Photo:DPA

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry told the Osnabrücker Zeitung that more than 23,000 Germans living outside Europe had applied to retain their German nationality while applying for a new one since 2000.

This reflects the relaxation of rules governing such changes, the spokesman said. “The old practice was shown to be too restrictive,” he said, adding that the conditions were changed at the start of 2000.

The spokesman said the numbers of Germans living in other European countries or Switzerland who have applied for dual citizenship are impossible to calculate, as they are simply still registered as German.