The demand in detail: Children born in Germany should be able to obtain citizenship more easily after five years if at least one parent is legally resident in the country. The same should apply to children who have completed half of their compulsory education in Germany. In addition, the procedures are to be accelerated and costs reduced.
According to the AK, this should be done primarily for demographic reasons. Background: 30 percent of Viennese of voting age do not have Austrian citizenship. In the case of residents under 40 years of age it is even 40 percent!
One wants to grant these people “the participation in democratic processes” – in other words, the young people should be able to vote more easily! Among the young people without citizenship, an above-average number of young people were born in Austria.
According to the AK, the fact that young people are not interested in the citizenship of their country of residence is related to “financial hurdles”. In order to be naturalized in Austria, one must be able to show a freely disposable income – plus housing or credit costs – of 1030 euros.