France to Give Citizenship to Frontline Immigrant Workers

Hundreds of immigrants in France that are front liners in fighting against the coronavirus pandemic have had their service to the country recognized with fast-track citizenship.

Hundreds of immigrants in France that are front liners in fighting against the coronavirus pandemic have had their service to the country recognized with fast-track citizenship.

The interior ministry has residents to assist with efforts against Covid-19 to apply for accelerated naturalization.

More than 700 have already been granted citizenship so far or are currently final stages of receiving it. The front liners include healthcare professionals, cleaners and shop workers.

Frontline workers globally have been exposed to Covid-19 at a high rate with many dying from the disease including doctors and nurses.

France is currently in the top 10 countries worst hit by coronavirus infections, with more than 2.5 million confirmed cases and almost 62,000 deaths.

The expedited citizenship initiative was first announced in September. 

74 people have  been granted a French passport already and another 693 are in the final stages. There has been a total of 2,890 people that have applied so far.

Normally a successful applicant must have been resident in France for five years with a stable income and demonstrated integration into French society.

However, the government has said that the frontline Covid workers must only live in France for two years to be eligible for citizenship in recognition of the great services that were contributed to the country.


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