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Germany awards record citizenship with highest figures in over two decades

08:46 PM | 28 May, 2024
Germany awards record citizenship with highest figures in over two decades

BERLIN - The government of Germany recorded the highest-ever cases of naturalization (citizenship) since 2000, it emerged on Tuesday.

The government statistics recently released imply that as many as 200,100 people got German citizenship in 2023. The beneficiaries involved individuals from 157 countries with an average age of 29.3 as compared to the average age of the German population which hovers around 44.

The county-wise data implies that the majority of newly naturalized German citizens belonged to Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Romania and Afghanistan. Further segregation of the data confirms that 38 percent of those naturalized belonged to Syria; 55 percent of the total cases naturalized were men.

"The high number of naturalizations of Syrians correlates with the high number of Syrian asylum seekers who migrated [to Germany] between 2014 and 2016," read a government press release.

Conversely, Turkish citizens, alongside Iraqis, remained the second-largest demographic, comprising approximately 10,700 individuals who obtained new naturalization.

Interestingly, people from affluent countries like Israel are also looking towards Germany for citizenship. The government data reflects that more and more Israeli citizens and other descendants of victims of Germany's Nazi 1933-45 dictatorship are applying for German citizenship.

German authorities announced on Monday that within the initial four months of 2024, they had received close to 6,900 applications from individuals residing in Israel. This figure contrasts with approximately 9,100 applications throughout the entirety of 2023 and nearly 5,700 in 2022.

The figures come ahead of new relaxed rules on German citizenship and dual citizenship which would be in effect at the end of June.

Approved in January this year, the new German citizenship plan involves the following changes:

  • Immigrants legally residing in Germany will be permitted to apply for citizenship after five years, instead of the current eight and in case they bring special achievements to the table, this may be reduced to just three years
  • Children born in Germany of at least one parent who has been living legally in the country for five or more years will automatically be awarded with German citizenship
  • Immigrants above the age of 67 will be able to do an oral instead of a written German language test
  • Multiple citizenships will be allowed

It is to be highlighted that the labor crisis in Germany is pushing the government to introduce more and more pro-immigration policies to attract foreign labor and skilled individuals to run the economy. 

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 20 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 20, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Forex Rates

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Baht THB 7.58 7.73

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