Quick citizenship for migrant front-line Covid-19 workers in France

Paris - They proved their commitment, and it is now the turn of the republic to take a step towards them.


Published: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 7:22 PM

Hundreds of foreigners in France whose jobs expose them to high Covid-19 risks will be naturalised quickly for their commitment during the health crisis, the interior ministry said.

In September, the ministry invited people who "actively contributed" to the fight against the coronavirus to apply for fast-track naturalisation.

Of the nearly 3,000 people who responded, 74 have already obtained citizenship and 693 more are in the final stage of the process, the office of Marlene Schiappa, junior minister for citizenship, said in a statement on Tuesday (Dec 22).

"Health professionals, cleaning ladies, childcare workers, checkout staff: They all proved their commitment to the nation, and it is now the turn of the republic to take a step towards them," it said.

Additionally, immigration authorities have been ordered to reduce the residency period needed for citizenship to two years from the usual five in the case of "great services rendered".

Last year, some 112,000 foreigners acquired French nationality, including more than 48,000 by naturalisation - 10 per cent fewer than in 2018.

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