Switzerland votes on easing rules to grant citizenship

It took four nationwide votes since the 1980s to ease the strict citizenship procedure for third generation immigrants

BBC – People in Switzerland have been voting to decide whether the country’s strict rules on citizenship should be relaxed.

Being born in Switzerland does not guarantee citizenship. Non-Swiss residents must typically wait 12 years before applying.

Tests and government interviews are also required, which can be expensive.

The new proposal would allow third-generation immigrants to avoid some of that bureaucracy.

It would directly affect those born in Switzerland, whose parents and grandparents also lived in the country permanently.

Supporters of the plan to simplify the process argue that it is ridiculous to ask people who were born and have lived all their lives in Switzerland to prove that they are integrated.

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