At least one of the parents of second generation migrants must have lived in Greece legally for at least five years before the child’s birth in the country for it to obtain Greek citizenship, according to a draft law due to be submitted to public consultation this week.
A copy of the bill seen by Kathimerini also stipulates that the child must be enrolled in a Greek school, meaning that when it starts its education at least one of its parents will have been living in Greece legally for 11 years. The child will be able to claim Greek citizenship once it enrols at school.
If the child and its parents do not fulfil these criteria, then it will be able to apply for Greek citizenship after nine years at a Greek school or six years in the country’s secondary education system.
Adults who have studied at Greek schools and then graduated from local universities will also be eligible for citizenship.