"Optional model" in citizenship at fault

Turkish Deputy PM Bozdag suggested the removal of the

Turkish Deputy PM Bozdag suggested the removal of the "optional model" for dual citizenship to German Minister of State Bohmer

ANKARA - Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag on Monday told Maria Bohmer, German Minister of State in the Federal Chancellery, it was wrong to force the Turks in Germany to select either Turkish or German citizenship.

Bozdag met with Maria Bohmer, German Minister of State in the Federal Chancellery and Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, in Ankara.

Bozdag stated that they discussed dual-language education, vocational training, diploma equivalency, Turks taking more place in employment, children set apart from their families and the case of Nationalist Socialist Underground (NSU) murders in Germany.

Bozdag called on Turkish people living in Germany to apply for their diploma equivalency and stated that Bohmer "gave positive feedback on the issue."

Bozdag also stated that he suggested the removal of the "optional model" for dual citizenship to Bohmer once again.

Bohmer touched on the NSU case and emphasized the importance of the Turkish media following the trials and said, "This is very important to re-establish the trust lost for the state following the devouring murders. Respecting the victims also requires the attendance of Turkish media representatives."

Upon being asked of the Turkish children set apart from their families, Bozdag said, "Ms. Bohmer and I share the same opinion in this issue such that if there is an obligation, the children would have to be separated from their families. Ms. Bohmer clearly told us they would be pleased to give those children to Turkish foster families if they volunteer, however, Turkish families are not willing to become foster families as much."

Bozdag called on Turkish families in Germany to volunteer to become foster families.

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