Speaking at the meeting on “Germany, a country of immigration” held in Berlin, Scholz stated that the coalition government plans to modernize the laws to build a more inclusive and democratic society.
Stressing that 9 million people do not have German citizenship despite living and working in Germany for many years, Scholz said that these immigrants made significant contributions to the German economy and society.
Scholz, “For example, in the health sector, about a quarter of the doctors in Germany were not born here, they have an immigrant background. Similarly, one third of the nurses and caregivers have an immigrant background.” said.
The Chancellor said the planned citizenship law reform would make it easier for immigrants to become German citizens, increasing integration and political participation.
French writer Ernest Renan’s “what kind of nation?” Referring to his book, Olaf Scholz said, “Anyone who lives and works here permanently should also have the right to vote and be elected, be a part of our country with all rights and obligations, regardless of origin, skin color or religious beliefs.” he said.
Scholz also underlined that the planned reforms will enable immigrants to have dual or multiple citizenships.
Stating that he was always very emotional at the naturalization ceremonies when he was the Mayor of Hamburg, Scholz stated that he never understood why he insisted on giving up his citizenship of the country of origin in order to become a German citizen.
The citizenship law, which is planned to be updated in Germany, is also closely related to the Turks, who constitute the largest foreign population in the country.
Turks who have to renounce Turkish citizenship in order to become German citizens will be able to become dual citizens by obtaining German citizenship without giving up Turkish citizenship in case of the new law.
After the Council of Ministers approves the draft law, it is expected to be sent to the Bundestag and enacted.