Pakistanis in Denmark Can Now Hold Dual Nationalities

Great news for all Pakistanis living in Denmark, they can can hold dual nationalities.

The Ministry of Interior released a statement on Sunday saying.

Thirty thousand Pakistanis living in Denmark would benefit from the arrangement and be able to hold Danish nationality without renouncing the Pakistani nationality. More than 5,000 Pakistanis settled in Denmark visit Pakistan every year.

The treaty for dual nationality has been in the works for many years which has created problems for the Danish passport holders who visit Pakistan.

Denmark: 19th Country to Allow Dual Citizenship

A top Pakistani representative in Denmark, earlier this month took up the matter with the Danish government.

The Danish Parliament permitted Pakistanis to hold Danish nationality while retaining their country’s nationality, letting them be a Pakistani and a Danish at the same time.

Denmark is the 19th country where Pakistani citizens can hold dual nationalities. Currently, Pakistan has a treaty of dual nationality with 18 other countries which include,

  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Britain
  • Canada
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • France
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Syria
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • USA

Controversy Surrounding Dual Nationality

A dual nationalist cannot contest for elections, can’t hold a public office, or join the military. This issue has been taken up in the Supreme Court but the laws for dual nationality have never be amended. The 21st amendment, which allows dual nationalists to contest for elections and hold public office was never passed by the assembly.

Via Tribune