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2012.11.20 09:51

Speaker of Seimas advocates the return to the dual citizenship law

Jorge Marcano | The Lithuania Tribune2012.11.20 09:51

Parliamentary speaker, Vydas Gedvilas expressed today that it is crucial to maintain an open discussion about the dual citizenship law. In an interview with 15min.lt, the speaker said that he foresees changes in the citizenship law in order to facilitate the process of acquiring Lithuanian citizenship, given the growing emigration tendencies experienced in the Baltic nation.

Parliamentary speaker, Vydas Gedvilas expressed today that it is crucial to maintain an open discussion about the dual citizenship law. In an interview with 15min.lt, the speaker said that he foresees changes in the citizenship law in order to facilitate the process of acquiring Lithuanian citizenship, given the growing emigration tendencies experienced in the Baltic nation.

In his own words, “it seems to me we should return to the dual citizenship law, so that all people could have it. We cannot fully stop emigration, we live in a global world, people go abroad to study. We simply need to seek that people wanted to stay here to live, this is one of the priorities of our government. Discussions are under-way with out coalition partners about the dual citizenship, we will still discuss it,” Gedvilas expressed.

Back in 2006, Lithuania’s Constitutional Court issued a ruling contemplating that the main law which provides for dual citizenship could be used as a rare exception, declaring laws permitting dual citizenship as running counter to Lithuania’s Organic Law.

Under the current Law on Citizenship, dual citizenship is granted to those who left Lithuania before it declared independence in 1990, as well as those who acquired the citizenship automatically, through birth or marriage. Nonetheless, those who have dual citizenship from birth have 3 years after their 18th birthday to choose which citizenship they wish to keep.

Dual citizenship is not permitted to those who fled Lithuania after March 11th, 1990 or intentionally acquired citizenship of a foreign country. Lithuania’s constitution states that “with the exception of individual cases provided for by law, no one may be a citizen of both the Republic of Lithuania and another state at the same time,” states the highest law of the land.

This provision on Lithuanian citizenship is stated on the first part of the Constitution and can only be amended through a popular referendum.

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