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Is self-identification of individuals/groups a criterion for recognition and respect of minority or ethnic cultural linguistic religious groups' rights by the state/government?

Key Area:
Public Life, Culture, Sport & Media
Discrimination, Equality
25/01/2013 - 11:19
Short Answer

Yes, self-identification of individuals/groups is a criterion for the recognition as a national minority.

Qualitative Info

In order to be recognised as a national minority in Germany, a group/individual has to fulfill five criteria:
- they hold the German citizenship
- they differ from the majority population in language, culture and history (i. e. have their own identity),
- they wish to preserve their identity as a minority
- they are traditionally native in Germany
- they live on what they consider their hereditary territory
The definition indicates that the self-identification is a crucial factor for the recognition as a minority by the German government.


Groups affected/interested National minorities
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