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Nearly a quarter million Moldovans regained Romanian citizenship over the last 20 years

The number of citizens of the Republic of Moldova that regained Romanian citizenship significantly increased over the last 20 years. According to a study carried out by the Soros Foundation earlier this week, the situation is common to approximately a quarter million of Moldovans (226,507). “Meanwhile, given the increasing rate of processing files during the last two years, we probably can add several tens of thousands of new citizens,” said Sergiu Pananite, one of the authors of the study, quoted by gandul.info. According to the source, the main reason for making the study was “to negate the myths that surround the prejudice against Romania,” about the Romanian state “constructing” Romanian citizens overnight, thus bringing millions of newcomers to the EU labour market “by the back door” each year. “One could reach a number of 60-80 thousand new citizens each year, on condition that the flow of applicants is somehow steady, with 80-100 thousand files a year. (…) Compared to some European states like France or the United Kingdom, which accept over 100,000 new citizens a year, Romania would range somewhere around the middle of the list,” Panainte said.The study also reveals “the institutional maze” citizenship applicants must get through, as well as the lack of transparency of the institutions in charge with processing their files – the National Authority for Citizenship (ANC), the ID Registry Department of the District 1 Mayor’s Office, and the Population’s Registry. According to the authors of the study, the main reasons invoked by those who seek Romanian citizenship are economic.Attending the conference in which the study was launched, the Moldovan Ambassador to Romania, Iurie Renita emphasised that the process of regaining Romanian citizenship by his fellow nationals is “absolutely normal and legal.” Regardless of the motives that justified the citizenship application, this is our right,” Renita said. In his turn, state secretary Eugen Tomac, of the Department for Romanians Abroad, added that the objective of the institution he represents is “to restore the rights of all those who feel they have ties with the Romanian state.”

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