• Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023
  • Last Update : 09:54 am

France expedites citizenship for Covid-19 frontline migrant workers

  • Published at 02:52 pm December 23rd, 2020
An information board is displayed at the Eurostar
An information board is displayed at the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord train station, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Paris, France December 23, 2020 Reuters

Over 700 have already been awarded with citizenship or were in the last stages of receiving it

Hundreds of immigrants in France working on the frontlines of the war against the Covid-19 pandemic have had their services to the country recognized with expedited citizenship.

Residents helping with efforts against coronavirus were invited by the Interior Ministry to apply for fast-tracked naturalization, BBC News reports.

Over 700 have already been awarded with citizenship or were in the last stages of receiving it. These people included health professionals, shop workers and cleaners.

Across the world, frontline workers have been exposed to the deadly virus at a high rate and many have died of the disease including doctors and nurses. 

France is among the top 10 countries in the world worst-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic with over 2.5 million cases and nearly 62,000 deaths.

The fast-tracked citizenship initiative was first announced in September. Seventy-four people have already been given a French passport and another 693 were in the final stages. As many as 2,890 people have so far submitted their applications.

"Health professionals, cleaning ladies, childcare workers, checkout staff: They all proved their commitment to the nation, and it is now the turn of the republic to take a step towards them," the office of Marlene Schiappa, junior minister for citizenship, said on Tuesday.

Usually, a successful candidate has to reside in France for five years with a steady income and demonstrate integration into French society.

But the French government has said that frontline Covid-19 workers must only live in the country for two years to be qualified for citizenship in recognition of their "great services rendered".

In 2017, the Western European country’s immigrant population was 6.4 million, but becoming a citizen there can be a slow and fraught process. The number of people awarded citizenship is reducing, with 10% fewer in 2019 than in 2018.

This is not the first time when France has recognized contributions to the country and courage with naturalization.

In 2018, Malian man Mamoudou Gassama received French citizenship after he was dubbed "spiderman" for rescuing a child dangling from a balcony in Paris.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail