Denmark changes rules of citizenship

Danish government attempts to make it harder to acquire citizenship in Denmark with four specific changes

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Danish government considers to change the nation’s citizenship laws.

The Danish government reached an agreement on Monday with four other political parties to tighten citizenship rules. 

"Acquiring Danish citizenship is something very special, and therefore it also reasonable that we now raise the bar for when a person can call themselves a Danish citizen," Integration Minister Inger Stojberg said in a statement.

In accordance with the new rules which will take effect as of October 15, applicants will have to score better on the oral and written citizenship exam.

This will apply for "all applications for naturalization regardless of the time of the application's filing" according to a fact sheet provided by the Ministry for Immigration, Integration and Housing.

People who wants to become citizen of Danish nationals will have to meet new requirements on language skills, and be adequate for economically for four years and six months of the past five years, up from the current two years and six months.

Applicants will have to score better on a test about Denmark, answering accurately on at least 80 percent of questions instead of the current 73.  The questions are about Denmark’s history, society and current affairs.

“There are too many people who have been granted citizenship who can’t speak Danish,” said Astrid Krag, the integration spokeswoman for the liberal Venstre party.

For applicants who have a criminal record, the period of time that has to pass since their conviction before they can apply for citizenship will be increased by 50 percent.

Language requirement, self-reliance, citizenship test and criminal codes will help people to become a Danish citizen.

On July 1, the Northern European country Denmark began cutting benefits for refugees to reduce the number of people coming to country.

TRTWorld and agencies