Facilitate Access to Nationality, European Countries Told

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has adopted a resolution recommending that access to nationality should be made easier for long-term residents.

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The resolution says that European countries should not ask for more than five years’ residency in order to award nationality.

The parliamentarians said there should be no discrimination on grounds of gender, race, religion, ethnic origin or language.

The PACE also expressed concern at the high number of stateless persons in a number of countries, in particular Estonia, Latvia, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Member states, the PACE said, should sign and apply the European Convention on Nationality and the UN conventions against statelessness.

The Assembly recommended automatic acquisition of nationality for children born in the territory who would otherwise be stateless, as well as in situations where a person’s loss of nationality would lead to his or her statelessness.

– Africa News