Greece presents new immigration rules

The government presented on Monday its immigration rules in the wake of a decision earlier this year to scrap a previous law allowing second generation migrants to obtain Greek citizenship if their parents had been living in Greece legally for at least five years.

Under the new rules, the children of people who have migrated to Greece would be able to apply for citizenship once they turn 18, provided their parents are long-term legal residents.

According to the Interior Ministry, the new regulations reduce by 20 the number of documents needed to apply for a residence permit. They also reduce from 50 to 19 the different types of residence permits that can be issued.

Long-term residence permits would allow migrants to travel to other parts of the European Union.

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