Austria to Expand Citizenship Deprivation for Terrorist Offences

On 7 July, the Austrian parliament passed an amendment to the Law on Citizenship expanding the grounds of citizenship deprivation for terrorist offences as part of a broader package of anti-terrorism reforms.

Previously, only individuals who had fought for an armed group abroad could be deprived of their Austrian citizenship. Under the new reform, the list of relevant terrorist offences has been expanded to include the financing of terrorist activities, membership of a terrorist organisation, incitement to a terrorist offense, and travel for terrorist purposes.

Austrian citizenship may still only be revoked if it will not render an individual stateless.

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