Ukraine: Zelenskyy to submit bill on multiple citizenship to Ukrainian parliament
A bill on multiple citizenship will be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament), President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his Jan. 22 video address to the nation on the country’s Unity Day.
“The document will allow all ethnic Ukrainians and their descendants from all over the world to have our citizenship. Except, of course, the citizens of the aggressor country,” he said.
He added that it will include “all those who were forced to leave their homeland during various waves of emigration and ended up in Europe, the United States, Canada, Asia and Latin America. All those who help us even though they are hundreds and thousands of miles away from their homeland.”
“Foreign volunteers who came to the defense of Ukraine, all those who fight for the freedom of Ukraine as their homeland. And Ukraine will be like that for them. For everyone who feels that to be in Ukraine is to be at home. Not as a tourist, but as a citizen. Great, unified Ukraine.”
The Ukrainian Constitution currently allows only singular citizenship.
Zelenskyy announced on Dec. 1, 2021 that he would introduce legislation that allows for Ukrainian nationals to hold citizenship of foreign countries.
On Sept. 22, Zelenskyy pledged to the Ukrainian diaspora in the United States that he would follow through with the concept of dual citizenship.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that multiple citizenship should become a key part of Ukraine’s policy geared towards the growth and preservation of the global Ukrainian diaspora, news agency Ukrinform reported on Oct. 23.