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Happy - from citizenship-less to being Swiss

This is such good news that I really want to share it. But first the peculiar background...

A woman I know immigrated to Switzerland as a primary-school child: she and all her family came here as acknowledged refugees. She learnt German and Swiss German, went to school, integrated, worked. She married and had two children. The couple divorced.

During that time, she did not naturalise as a Swiss citizen, because the hope was to return. Indeed, after more than a decade, the situation in her country of origin seemed to settle down, and all of her family members (including her ex-husband, the children's father) left Switzerland and returned there.

Swiss citizenship is passed on by decent, not by birth in the country.
In this woman's country of origin, the opposite is true.
Therefore, the two children born in Switzerland were always citizenship-less. That has been a terrible strain for their mother, who has been trying for years to rectify this situation.

She, finding herself a single mother with no relations to help, and receiving no maintenance, worked phenomenally hard yet struggled to support her children and ended up having to draw Social Security benefits. This fact is a complete exclusion criterion for naturalisation.

This weekend I heard that, although the woman herself is still not able to become Swiss, (for the above reason) both children have at last, shortly before reaching adulthood, been granted Swiss citizenship. At last, they are no longer merely tolerated here, but can confidently grow up into their adulthood, knowing they'll be allowed to live in the country of their birth.

I am happy, happy, happy!
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Re: Happy - from citizenship-less to being Swiss

Thank you, everyone, for sharing my joy. I just keep on beaming about this, I'm so delighted!
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