Germany eases dual citizenship rules

BERLIN- Germany has adopted a new law that allows dual citizenship for the children of immigrants, a step that will benefit mainly young people from the country's three-million-strong Turkish-origin community.

Until now, Germany-born children of immigrants from most non-EU countries were granted both German and their parents' citizenship at birth but then had to opt for one of them by age 23.

Under a law passed late on Thursday, those born since 1990 will now be allowed to keep both passports, scrapping the requirement that had forced young adults to make an often agonising choice.

The rule applies for those who at age 21 have lived in Germany at least eight years and attended school for at least six, and for holders of German school diplomas or job qualifications.

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