Simplified Access to Austrian Citizenship for Descendants of NS Victims

PoliticsDomestic ♦ Published: September 24, 2019; 18:23 ♦ (Vindobona)

The descendants of Austrian Nazi victims will in future be given easier access to Austrian citizenship, just like the escaped victims themselves. A new attempt at dual citizenship for South Tyroleans has also been launched.

The agreement was welcomed by all political groups, with the speakers stressing in particular Austria's historic responsibility. / Picture: © BMI Bundesministerium für Inneres / Alexander Tuma

The provisions apply to the descendants of those victims who left Austria before 15 May 1955.

After long negotiations, which lasted until almost two hours before the debate in question in a special session of the National Council, the five parliamentary parties were able to agree on a corresponding extension of the citizenship law.

This was based on an initiative by the…