Greek citizenship to get harder to attain

Migrants living legally in Greece will need to have studied at a Greek school for at least nine years to qualify for naturalization, instead of the six years demanded by current legislation, Alternate Interior Minister Haralambos Athanassiou said on Thursday.

The overhaul of the Ragousis law, named after Yiannis Ragousis who drafted it in 2010, will be finalized by all three coalition partners, Athanassiou said.

“Citizenship is no one’s right but granted at the discretion of the state to those who fulfill the necessary conditions,” he said.

As regards migrants’ children, who under Ragousis law receive citizenship if their parents have been living legally in Greece for at least five years, the minister said they would get residence permits.

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