Significant surge in “Israeli” applications for German citizenship post-October 7


Published: 2024-05-28 15:16

Last Updated: 2024-07-13 17:47

"Israeli" with German flag.
"Israeli" with German flag.

German media outlet RND reported a significant rise in the number of “Israelis” applying for German citizenship since October 7. Based on data from the Federal Office of Administration (BVA), the report emphasizes a notable increase in applications during the first quarter of 2024.

Between January and April of 2024, the BVA processed 6,869 citizenship applications from “Israelis”. This is a substantial rise compared to the same period in previous years. For context, the whole of 2023 saw 9,129 applications, while 2022 had just 5,670 applications throughout the year, the Middle East Monitor reported.

The BVA handles naturalizations related to restitution for persecution, a process strengthened by the German Bundestag's (parliament) June 2021 passage of the "reparation citizenship" law. This law allows descendants of individuals who fled Nazi Germany to escape persecution to apply for German citizenship.