Many Could Get Back Lost Dual Citizenship
Some of the troubles caused in Slovakia by the introduction of the so-called Citizenship Act will soon be sorted as the government plans to return citizenship to over 900 or so people who lost it as a result wrangling between Hungary and Slovakia.
In 2010, Slovakia essentially prohibited dual citizenship to its citizens as a way of preventing the large Hungarian ethnic minority here from taking up the offer of Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban to receive citizenship also there as of 2011. The rash reaction meant many Slovaks all over the world had to halt their citizenship applications in other countries, while many went ahead anyway and lost their Slovak citizenship as a result.
Now, as of 1 February, those stripped of their citizenship could get it back with a new regulation from the Ministry of Interior. Applications have to be made and will be assessed based on permanent residence, so those with permanent residence in the other country will have their Slovak citizenship restored.
The law has been subject to debate ever since, with various revisions proposed, but only proposed, so now the Ministry of Interior promises to look at amending the law.