Member of the European Parliament Urmas Paet (Reform) said on February 17, that Estonia should introduce legislation to allow double citizenship by birth. Double citizenship is allowed in 15 EU member states, and seven more allow a naturalized citizen to keep their original nationality under certain conditions.
ERR reported on February 17, that Paet had pointed out that the country’s current law didn’t allow Estonians to be citizens of another country. Following the same logic, it also didn’t allow the state to take away someone’s Estonian citizenship.
“This limitation of the citizenship law needs to be changed, and double citizenship by birth allowed,” Paet said. “The Estonian state shouldn’t have to force its citizens to face the entirely unnecessary choice of either Estonia or another country. It shouldn’t push its people away,” he added.
Member of the European Commission Dimitris Avramo-poulos recently pointed to a survey conducted in the EU on the legal situation concerning migration.
He said that 15 member states allowed double citizenship, and that in seven more as well as in Norway a naturalized citizen could retain their original nationality if the necessary conditions were met.