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Brief: Sephardic Jews offered citizenship

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 15:02

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish conservative government plans to make amends with the implementation of a law expected to be passed within weeks or months.

The law, to be passed in Spanish Parliament, offers citizenship to the descendants of legions of Jews forced to flee Spain in 1492.

Under a previous law, the government had discretionary powers to award Sephardic Jews nationality. The reform makes citizenship a right authorities must honor.

Applicants will need to provide details of their birth and family name or prove knowledge of Ladino, a Judeo-Spanish Language considered to be the “Yiddish” of Sephardic Jews.

The reform will allow dual nationality, enabling the new Spanish citizens to keep their previous citizenship.

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