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Final Report - NATAC (The acquisition of nationality in EU Member states: rules, practices and quantitative developments)

Project ID: 503762
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES


Migration of third-country citizens to EU Member States has increased dramatically recently. The issue is now high on the political agenda, but the focus has tended to be on immigration regulation. Little work has been done on how immigrants are integrating into European society. Thanks to the Treaty of Amsterdam, aspects of immigration such as border control, asylum and the rights of third-country nationals are now matters of concern for EU policy-makers. Research is needed on how different Member States approach issues relating to the integration of immigrants.

The project provides valuable information about how different EU Member States deal with immigration and citizenship issues. Their final report includes outcomes of their research and recommendations. Among them is the recommendation that applicants for naturalisations should not be burdened by high fees and excessive demands for official documents. There should be a maximum period within which applications have to be decided. Civil servants dealing with naturalisation should be trained and supervised, negative decisions should always have to be justified in writing and applicants should have opportunities to complain and rights to appeal.

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