Migration: More than 10,000 people have acquired Luxembourgish citizenship since the Grand Duchy’s double nationality law went into effect, newly released figures show.
The Grand Duchy’s official statistics agency STATEC reported that 11,738 people were naturalised or recovered their Luxembourg citizenship from 2009 to 2011, up from only 3,579 during the three prior years.
Luxembourg’s double nationality law took effect on January 1, 2009, in line with European rules that require EU countries to allow their citizens to hold the passport of another member state. Previously, the Grand Duchy--along with several other European countries such as Belgium and Germany--generally required immigrants to surrender the passport of their birth country, or emigrants to give up Luxembourg nationality if they adopted another.
More than 90 percent of those granted Luxembourg citizenship from 2009 to 2011 were naturalisations, with 545 native Luxembourgers regaining their nationality, STATEC said on Tuesday.
Nearly one-third of new Luxembourgers during the period were originally from Portugal, with Italy representing 12.4% and France, Belgium and Germany rounding out the top five. Bosnians constituted five percent of new Luxembourgers.
The same law also changed the rights of children born in Luxembourg. About 35 percent of new double nationals were born in the Grand Duchy to foreign parents, the agency found.