Estonia: Dual citizenship for minors & naturalisation of children of stateless parents, best laws of the year
As of 1 January 2016, two main changes in the obtention of Estonian citizenship entered into force. These amendments in the Citizenship Act have been declared best law of the year. The changes allow children born of parents with undetermined nationality to automatically be granted Estonian citizenship by naturalisation and ends the decades' long uncertainty, which continually reproduced undetermined citizenship. The same amendments allow minors to possess dual citizenship regardless of the mean through which their Estonian citizenship has been acquired: at birth or by naturalisation. Multiple citizenship was previously only allowed for children who received both nationalities at birth.
At the same time, the new amendments made in the Citizenship Act are considered as insufficient by some voices, including MEP Urmas Paet which expresses the need to also allow dual citizenship by birth to adults. Further changes are also requested here.