20 percent more naturalization – mainly from Syria | Free press

Last year, 131,600 foreigners accepted German citizenship – a significant increase compared to 2020. First of all, people from two countries were naturalized.


In Germany last year was naturalized by 20 percent. more people than a year ago – most of them came from Syria.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, 131,600 foreigners were naturalized in Germany in 2021. “A good half of this increase is due to the large number of naturalizations by Syrians,” the Wiesbaden office reported on Friday. 19,100 Syrian citizens were naturalized in 2021 – almost three times more than in 2020.

The second most common naturalization was with people from Turkey (12,200 people). The following places were taken by Romanian (6,900), Polish (5,500) and Italian (5,000) citizens. In total, German citizenship was adopted by people of 173 different nationalities. Every fourth person previously had a passport from an EU Member State. Sufficient language skills, a secure livelihood and, as a general rule, a minimum stay of eight years are required for naturalization.

Newly naturalized people live in Germany on average 6.5 years

“The high number of naturalizations by Syrians is related to the immigration of Syrians seeking protection in 2014-2016, who are now increasingly meeting the requirements of naturalization,” explain the statisticians. However, the vast majority of newly naturalized Syrians had not been in the country for eight years, with the average being 6.5 years.

Under the Citizenship Act, anyone who wants to be naturalized after just six years can do so through “special integration services”. These include particularly good language skills, school and professional achievements, but also civic involvement. In such cases, family members can also be naturalized without a minimum length of stay. (dpa)

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