Minister: more encouragement for naturalization needed

  • 2003-08-31
  • Melanie O’Connell
TALLINN - Estonia must do more to encourage its large stateless population to become citizens, Population Minister Paul-Eerik Rummo said last week.With the responsibility of resolving integration issues in the lead-up to EU accession, the population minister is concerned many noncitizens, commonly known as "gray-passport holders," are uninformed about the opportunities and advantages of Estonian citizenship post-EU membership."Many noncitizens have for a long time lived with the inadequate belief that they automatically become EU citizens once Estonia joins the European Union. This will not...
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