PHILADELPHIA — A new study finds that by taking advantage of the naturalization process, more than 80 percent of citizens who already have passports can apply for them.
The study, published in the International Journal of Public Policy Research, looked at how many applications were approved each year, and found that only about 1.3 percent of all naturalization applications were rejected.
It said that this is “a low rate of rejection” that may be due to the fact that many applicants were already citizens at the time of their naturalization.
The U.S. government says about 20 million people have become naturalized citizens, but critics say that number is far too low.
More than 1 million people from around the world have sought to become citizens of Panama through naturalization, but the process has been slow, expensive and limited to a limited number of countries.
The Panamanian government says the process is fast and efficient, and the government says that citizens have been granted citizenship at the age of 15, so they do not need to wait until their 20s for the naturalizations to be finalized.
The report was funded by the Panamanians government, the National Foundation for Economic and Social Development, and Panamania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.