Schlüsselwörter: Einbürgerung, Liechtenstein, Ausländer, Bürgerrecht, Gemeinde, Staat, doppelte Staatsbürgerschaft, Staatsbürgerschaft, Nationalität.
Over the past sixty years Liechtenstein has undergone enormous economic change. Since the 1940s it has followed a path of continuous development from an agrarian state to one based on industry and services. The marked economic growth which took off at the beginning of the post-war period increased the demand for labour and this could only be met from outside the country. It would be wrong, however, to attribute the high proportion of foreigner nationals solely to the economic attractiveness of the country. Another cause is to be found in the country’s restrictive naturalisation rules. In recent years and decades, its main response has been the passing of rules to limit immigration. Liberalisation of naturalisation has been very much secondary. This article was written for the EUDO Citizenship project (www.eudo-citizenship.eu). It gives an overview of the historical development of local and national citizenship, examines the current legislation regarding citizenship and outlines the up-to-date political discussions about citizenship in Liechtenstein.
Keywords: naturalisation, Liechtenstein, foreigners, citizenship, municipality, nationality, nation, multiple citizenship.