According to several Albanian newspapers, at the meeting of the Council of Ministers on 31 in July, the new bill concerning Albanian citizenship was approved.
The bill that will be presented to the parliament has some fundamental changes, such as the 6 article which provides for the acquisition of Albanian citizenship based on the "ius sanguinis".
The article 6
1 - Albanian citizenship is acquired by a foreigner whose ancestors are of Albanian origin, on condition that the applicant has a direct family connection with the ancestor up to three degrees.
2 - In this case the citizen presents a request for the acquisition of Albanian citizenship on the basis of the "Ius sanguinis" and meets the conditions provided by the paragraph 1 of the 8 article of this law.
3 - The documentation necessary to prove the Albanian origin of the applicant is determined by the instructions of the ministry.
Another important change made to the law concerning Albanian citizenship is the release of the latter for anyone born in the territory of the Republic of Albania, an acquisition process that is indicated by the legal expression "Ius Soli".
In the article 4 concerning "the modalities of acquisition of citizenship", in fact, in addition to the origins and therefore to the "Ius Sanguinis", the "Ius Soli" is also mentioned, which guarantees citizenship to any person born in Albania even if none of the parents are Albanian citizens.
However, there is no trace of this project on the official page of the Albanian Government, but only in the Ministry accompanied by a detailed report in a variant of 14 January 2019 (link) which, among other things, highlights that one of the reasons for this proposal are the many Albanian newborns abroad who are not registered with the civil status officers in Albania.
If the law were approved, Albania would become the first country in Europe to adopt the "pure" Ius Soli
The "pure" Ius Soli is applied in almost all countries of the American continent or automatically and without conditions. These include the United States, Canada and almost all of Latin America.
Some European countries (France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom) also grant citizenship for "Ius Soli", but conditional.
In Italy, however, citizenship is transmitted according to the principle of ius sanguinis from parent to child. The principle of "Ius Soli" - one of the issues that most involved public opinion in the Bel Paese - is provided for by the Italian legal system except in rare cases (the son of unknown persons, stateless persons or the impossibility of transmitting parental citizenship).
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