FSPC supports facilitating the naturalization of third-generation immigrants

Like the Swiss Parliament and the Federal Council, the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches recommends the adoption of a law facilitating the naturali-zation of third-generation immigrants: to all intents and purposes, they are al-ready Swiss. In many FSPC member churches, they are eligible to vote. Partici-pation creates communal solidarity to the benefit of all.

For all intents and purposes, third-generation migrant already are Swiss. And yet, they are barred from the civic rights and duties of Swiss citizens. They are affected by referendums, but cannot vote in them. They are excluded from democratic processes and are not part of the sovereign.

Political rights enable people to participate in shaping the society they live in. For the Reformed Churches, too, opportunities for participation are a key concern. For example, many FSPC member churches known the voting rights of foreign Reformed Christians who live here.

The rights and duties associated with the citizenship give rise to questions of justice and equality. The granting or withholding of civic rights is also a question of justice. A society is just if it offers all of its members equal opportunities to participate in social and political life, to shape it actively and to voice their concerns effectively.  These participative processes strengthen the fabric of society.  This benefits not only naturalized citizens, but all of us. Participation creates communal loyalty.

The FSPC has already spoken out in favor of facilitating naturalization for third-generation immigrants in the course of legal consultation processes. Furthermore, the present facilitated naturalization process is not a new thing. It has already been tried and tested. Spouses of Swiss nationals already can be naturalized with this facilitated process.