The partition of Germany following World War II, combined with the historical movement of ethnic Germans and the frequent changes to Germany’s borders in the preceding century, led to a configuration of citizenship in Germany that diverged significantly from European norms. Until 2000, Germany had no provisions for acquisition of German nationality by birth on German soil (ius soli), while most European countries at least had provisions for double ius soli, whereby a child born to non-national parents also born in the country would have access to that country’s nationality, effectively granting citizenship automatically to third-generation immigrants.1