SEPHARDIC Jews – whose ancestors were thrown out of Spain in 1492 along with the Muslim Moors – are now to be given automatic citizenship.
The group can currently only claim citizenship after two years’ residency, and have to provide proof of income.
Under the changes, they will only need to present a certificate confirming they are descendants of Sephardic Jews in order to gain Spanish nationality.
Sephardic Jews lived in Spain and Portugal until the 15th century but were later expelled by Ferdinand and Isabella, the Catholic Monarchs, who accused the Jewish population of trying to subvert the Catholic faith.
Today there are thought to be 45,000 within Spain.