More Israelis moving to Germany

The number of Israelis moving to Germany is growing.

Newly released German immigration statistics show that in 2006, 4,313 Israelis became German citizens, a 50 percent increase over the previous year.

While foreigners can apply for naturalization after eight years living in the country, they generally must forfeit their former citizenship. Among the exceptions are Jews who lost their German citizenship due to Nazi persecution, as well as the children and grandchildren of Jews who fled Nazi Germany. Many Israelis fall into this category.

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