30 Awaiting Parliamentary Approval For Citizenship - The Reykjavik Grapevine

30 Awaiting Parliamentary Approval For Citizenship

Published June 2, 2016

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Silje Bergum Kinsten/norden.org

People hailing from all over the world are now waiting on parliament to approve or reject their applications for citizenship.

A bill submitted to parliament yesterday lists some 30 people, as well as their birth years and countries of origin, all of whom are hoping for parliamentary approval for Icelandic citizenship.

The largest portion, eight in all, come from Asia, followed by seven Europeans, four Africans, and three each from North America, South America and Australia or New Zealand, respectively. An additional two come from Syria.

Parliamentary approval for citizenship is almost always a formality, and those who take this option for applying for citizenship are seldom rejected.

However, as parliament is reaching the tail end of the spring session, there is still a great deal of legislative work which needs to be done. When or whether these 30 prospects will receive citizenship still remains to be seen.


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