Belgium: Gov't wants to tighten citizenship laws

Belgium: Gov't wants to tighten citizenship laws

Belgium seems to be following in the footsteps of France. First the burqa, now integration requirements for citizenship:

The Belgian government on Friday endorsed a proposed law that would make it harder to obtain citizenship. The law states that people who want to obtain Belgian nationality would have to demonstrate their “willingness to integrate” into society.

If the law is adopted by parliament, applicants for nationality would have to hold a card of unlimited residence and have lived in the country for at least five years. This is two years longer than the current requirement.

They would also be required to demonstrate an ability to speak one of the national languages.

The proposal also outlines terrorism and human rights offences that would prevent a candidate obtaining citizenship.


Source: RFI (English)

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