Sephardic Jews have had the option of seeking Spanish naturalization for decades.
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The change announced Thursday gives them special status and sets up a process for their ancestry to be vetted by the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities and forwarded to authorities for approval.
The federation says thousands of Sephardic Jews around the world could benefit, particularly those living in Latin America and Turkey.
Many Sephardic Jews fled to places like Istanbul, London and Cairo after the 1492 decree. Others who didn't convert were killed during the Inquisition.