A total of 296 people have been stripped of their Slovak citizenship since an amendment to the State Citizenship Act – itself a direct response to Hungary's dual-citizenship legislation – came into force on July 17, 2010, the TASR newswire reported on Monday, July 16, citing Alena Koišová of the Interior Ministry.

The highest number of people (149) who lost their Slovak citizenship did so after acquiring that of the Czech Republic, followed by those acquiring the citizenship of Austria (37), Germany (34), Hungary (25), the United Kingdom (17), the Netherlands (11), the USA (10), France, Iceland and Norway (2 each), and Australia, Belgium, China, Canada, Switzerland, Italy and Ukraine (1 each). Meanwhile, 631 people acquired Slovak state citizenship over the same period.

The amendment to the State Citizenship Act, which was introduced by Robert Fico's first government (2006-2010), states that a Slovak citizen shall be deprived automatically of his or her Slovak citizenship after acquiring the citizenship of another country. The amendment is currently being scrutinised by the Constitutional Court after opposition MP Gábor Gál (Most-Híd), along with more than two dozen other MPs, asked the court to examine the constitutionality of the amendment. Article 5, section 2, of the Slovak Constitution states (according to the official English translation): "No person shall be deprived of Slovak citizenship against his or her will." The Constitutional Court has already decided not to suspend the amendment, pending its decision.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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