World Bulletin / News Desk
Children of immigrants born in Germany will be eligible to apply for dual citizenship if a proposed draft law is approved by the Federal Parliament.
The German Cabinet on Tuesday accepted the draft law. Under the current system children of immigrants have to decide whether to quit their original nationality in order to get German citizenship.
The new draft will allow young people to have dual citizenship if they were born in Germany and lived here for at least eight years or attended school for six years until their 21st birthday.
The current system primarily affects Turks living in Germany. There are more than two million people of Turkish origin residing in Germany.
"That's a great signal for many young people in our country. Hundreds of thousands of them can breathe a sigh of relief," said Aydan Oezoguz, Germany's federal commissioner for migration, refugees and integration.
"I'm pleased that in future many young people will no longer have to decide against their parents' nationality or even become foreigners in their own country," she added.
However, Turkish community leaders have criticised the new law because it applies only to youngsters and does not cover older people who have often spent decades in Germany.
Merkel's conservatives had long opposed dual citizenship, arguing it is impossible to be loyal to two countries at the same time. The SPD had been in favour of completely abolishing the obligation to choose between passports.Last Mod: 08 Nisan 2014, 16:43