Sunday, December 3, 2023

They proposed the reform of the Civil Code to expand the rights of Spanish nationality

The General Council of Spanish Citizenship Abroad (CGCEE) reported in the last few hours that one of the proposals to be brought to the next plenary session is the reform of the Civil Code regarding nationality.

In its message, the consultative and advisory body, which is attached to the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security, and Migration of Spain, lists the main proposed changes and the benefits of the changes they propose.

These are the changes proposed by the CGCEE to modify the provisions regarding nationality in the Civil Code of Spain:

  1. Right to the option of nationality for: a) those born to a Spanish mother who did not honor the nationality until the entry into force of the Spanish constitution; b) Spanish emigrants and their descendants; c) descendants of Spaniards who acquired nationality by virtue of the right to choose; and d) spouses of Spanish origin living abroad.
  2. Loss of nationality for Spanish origin only by express rejection
  3. Revocation of nationality with a public declaration of the person
  4. It is not necessary to renounce the previous nationality.

According to INFORMATION offered, the main benefits of this reform are:

  • Effective use of IUS sanguinis (“right of blood”) (Those born to a mother or father from a country receive the nationality of that country only by becoming its children.)
  • Eliminate the saturation of consular offices.
  • without the voluntary loss of Spanish nationality.
  • Facilitates the recovery of Spanish nationality.


The acting President of Spain, the socialist Pedro Sánchez, promised that in the next legislature “they will completely improve the Democratic Memory Law.”

“We will continue to extend the recognition of Spanish nationality to descendants abroad, under the protection of the Democratic Memory Law,” he assured in his candidacy program.

Likewise, he said he will promote the approval of a nationality law that regulates the citizenship rights of Spaniards abroad, as proposed by the Council of Spanish residents abroad. In this sense, the supposed Spanish nationality law proposed seeks to eliminate “discrimination between Spanish origin and non-origin.”

The changes proposed by the General Council of Spanish Citizenship Abroad have been very well received.

“Excellent proposal. This is what the descendants who live in another country need—a definite healing, no more patches.” “All the descendants must have the possibility to recover the Spanish nationality. We are the descendants of the Spanish immigrants; we have the right to fulfill the IUS sanguinis,” they commented on the X social network.

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