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Hymn do miłości Ojczyzny

Święta miłości kochanej Ojczyzny,
Czują cię tylko umysły poczciwe!
Dla ciebie zjadłe smakują trucizny
Dla ciebie więzy, pęta nie zelżywe.
Kształcisz kalectwo przez chwalebne blizny
Gnieździsz w umyśle rozkoszy prawdziwe,
Byle cię można wspomóc, byle wspierać,
Nie żal żyć w nędzy, nie żal i umierać.

Ignacy Krasicki

THE LOSS OF POLISH CITIZENSHIP

 Contrary to what one might expect, it is often easier to acquire the citizenship of a certain state (e.g. Poland) than to lose it. Currently one cannot freely renounce one's Polish citizenship. Moreover, no one can be punished by the revocation of their Polish citizenship. In the past, however, in some circumstances Polish citizenship could have been lost as it were automatically and certain categories of people were deprived of their Polish citizenship.

Current rules for the loss of Polish citizenship - in force since 15 August 2012

 A Polish citizen who renounces his/her Polish citizenship, loses Polish citizenship after obtaining consent from the President of the Republic of Poland for the renouncement of Polish citizenship. The President of the Republic of Poland may, at the request of a Polish citizen, grant consent for the renouncement of Polish citizenship by this citizen. The consent for the renouncement of Polish citizenship by a minor remaining under the sole parental authority of the person or persons without Polish citizenship, occurs at the request of the minor’s statutory representatives. In the absence of agreement between the statutory representatives, each of them may apply to the court for a determination.

Rules for the loss of Polish citizenship - in force from 1 January 1999 to 15 August 2012

 A Polish citizen loses his/her Polish citizenship at his/her own request after obtaining consent from the President of the Republic of Poland for the renouncement of Polish citizenship. The consent for the renouncement of Polish citizenship granted to the parents extends to the children remaining under their parental authority. The consent for the renouncement of Polish citizenship granted to one of the parents extends to the children remaining under his/her parental authority if the other parent has no parental authority, or the other parent is not a Polish citizen, or the other parent is a Polish citizen and expresses consent before a competent authority to the loss of Polish citizenship by the children.

 If the other parent is a Polish citizen and objects to the extension to the children of the consent for the renouncement of Polish citizenship granted to the parent who applied for consent, or if the parents cannot reach an agreement due to obstacles that are difficult to overcome, each of the parents may apply to a court for a resolution. The consent for the renouncement of citizenship extends to children aged sixteen or older only with their consent.