Monday, November 28, 2022
Germany Looking at Changes to Its Immigration System
Politico reports that Germany is looking to overhaul its immigration system.
One thing on the agenda: make naturalization easier by, among other things, reducing the per-requisite Germany residency from 8 to 5 years (and sometimes just 3!) as well as authorizing dual citizenship. The country's new focus on the importance of naturalization makes me think of immprof co-editor Ming Chen's book Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era which examines just that -- why naturalization matters and why we need more pathways for immigrants to achieve citizenship.
Also on the agenda in Germany: moving to a points-based admission system to attract high-skilled labor " as has long been standard practice in other countries."