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The far-right Vox party proposed a bill to the Spanish Congress that would see citizenship by residence last 15 years instead of ten. The proposed bill was introduced to reportedly target North African migrants. The far-right party Vox is trying to complicate the process of acquiring Spanish nationality.

This week they presented a bill to the Spanish Congress of Deputies.

Now Vox leader Santiago Abascal has stated that the proposals aim to preserve Spanish nationality as a “treasure”.

The party is reacting to an increase in nationalized citizens in recent years.

The far-right party has made proposals that include a ban on citizenship applications from those with criminal records either in Spain or their country of origin.

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Another condition is that higher language standards must be demonstrated in order to achieve citizenship.

Those wishing to obtain citizenship may need to show official certificates to demonstrate their level of Spanish.

Another condition could be to ensure that people renounce their other nationalities in order to take Spanish citizenship.

Vox obliges citizens to “present a public document issued by the authorities of their country of origin attesting to the loss of their previous nationality”.


Revealing their ultra-nationalist stance, Vox also wants Spanish lineage to be the most dominant factor in gaining citizenship.

Spanish lineage is labeled as the ius sanguinis, or the “right of blood”.

Vox wants this to be officially more important than the ius solid, or “the right of land”.

Vox tries to become a lineage over the place of birth when acquiring nationality.

Most foreigners who want to obtain Spanish citizenship have to wait an average of twice as long to be eligible for Spanish nationality by residence than in other EU countries.

In Spain, the waiting period for citizenship is a long and laborious registration process and Vox’s proposals will make it a much more difficult procedure.

However, Vox’s proposals are not intended to change the arrangements for Latin Americans.

This has led Spanish media to claim that the proposed bill is aimed at migrants from North Africa, particularly Morocco and Algeria.

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