Sunday, June 08, 2008

With U.S. in slump, dual citizenship in EU countries attracts Americans

I am not sure what to make of this. Is it a trend? Is it just a quirky Leftist thing?

Maybe this is an honest trend that is not just for the Left? Is it a political thing? Is it a way to connect to our roots?

I am not sure what to think. Anyone have some pros and cons on this? What are your thoughts?


With U.S. in slump, dual citizenship in EU countries attracts Americans: "For millions of Europeans who braved the Atlantic Ocean for a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty and dreams of a lavish life, there was little thought of ever emigrating back.

Yet for a new generation of Americans of European descent, the Old Country is becoming a new country full of promise and opportunity.

Dual citizenship criteria

Ireland: Automatically grants citizenship to the child of an Irish-born citizen. A person can also claim descent based on a grandparent or great-grandparent as long as a grandparent had also claimed descent on or before the date of the person's birth.

Italy: For those born after 1948, citizenship is granted if their father or mother was a citizen at the time of the applicant's birth. Citizenship is also granted under these conditions:

Father is an American and the paternal grandfather was a citizen at the time of the father's birth.

If born after 1948, when the mother is American and the maternal grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of the mother's birth.

Paternal or maternal grandfather was born in America and the paternal great-grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of the grandparent's birth.

United Kingdom: Descent based on a grandparent allowable only in exceptional cases.
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