GREECE’S highest administrative court, the Council of State, is scheduled to rule at the end of the year on whether children born to immigrant parents can be granted automatic citizenship.
The court will also examine whether immigrants who are longterm permanent residents in the country have the right to vote.
This highly controversial case, which was brought before the court by Athens lawyer Ioannis Andriopoulos, is challenging the constitutionality of the ruling Pasok government’s immigration law (3838/2010).
Andriopoulos filed the suit in October 2010 and after a postponement the court set December 2 as the date to make a final decision that will directly affect the future of hundreds of thousands of youngsters living in Greece.
Immigrants make up 10 percent of the country’s population. A ruling against the law will be a major blow to the government’s immigrant policymaking and historic overhaul of Greece’s decades-old system of citizenship rules on the naturalisation of immigrants and their children.