Other countries also facing calls to lift visa, citizenship restrictions for those who have helped fight pandemic
France has granted citizenship to some 12,000 foreign workers who have been on the front lines of the country’s battle against Covid-19, including doctors, nurses, cleaning staff, cashiers and garbage collectors, France’s minister for citizenship, Marlène Schiappa, said in a statement Thursday.
“Our Republic has the honor of welcoming these new French citizens who have shown so much determination and such devotion to serve their fellow citizens,” Schiappa said. “These front-line workers showed up for our country, it’s common sense that we reach out to them,” Schiappa added.
The pandemic has also prompted calls in other countries for visa and residency restrictions to be lifted for foreign workers who have put their lives at risk in health-care systems that need them, the Washington Post reported.
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