Nearly 1,800 people have lost Slovak citizenship so far

Most people have become citizens of the Czech Republic and Germany.

Slovak passport.Slovak passport. (Source: TASR)

As many as 1,766 Slovaks have lost their Slovak citizenship since a law taking away the citizenship of those Slovak nationals who become citizens of different countries was introduced in mid-2010.

The highest number of Slovaks lost their Slovak citizenship in favour of a Czech citizenship (464 people), closely ahead of a German citizenship (422), the TASR newswire reported, referring to the Interior Ministry statistics.

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Other countries providing new citizenship for these Slovaks were as follows: Austria (253), the United Kingdom (164), Hungary (91), the USA (74), Norway (41), the Netherlands (36), Switzerland (33), Ireland (30), Australia (29), Belgium (28), Italy (23), Canada (22), Finland (12), Sweden (11), France (10), Luxembourg (4), China and Russia (three each), Denmark, Iceland, Poland and the Ukraine (two each), and New Zealand, Israel, Spain, Serbia and Singapore (one each).

The State Citizenship Act was adopted by the first government of Robert Fico (2006-2010) in response to Hungarian legislation that made it possible for ethnic Hungarians living outside Hungary to gain dual citizenship.

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There have been several attempts to mitigate the law since its adoption but all have failed. As of February 2015, the Interior Ministry began returning Slovak citizenship to people who lost it after accepting foreign citizenship based on having permanent residence in the country in question.

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