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it does appear that American interest in applying for EU citizenship is up.  Ready or not here we come!
by Lasthorseman on Mon Jun 9th, 2008 at 09:19:19 PM EST
Now that is interesting. Do you have a link?

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 10th, 2008 at 02:49:46 AM EST
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I've seen reports like this, but they are all anectodal. In addition, I remember seeing similar articles in the past, for example around the time of the start of Schengen, so without numbers it's hard to know what to make of it.

I do have some figures for Israel, though. The Forward, quoting a survey (which I couldn't find) by the Menahim Begin Heritage Center says

A recent survey by the Jerusalem-based Menachem Begin Heritage Center found that 59% of Israelis had approached or intended to approach a foreign embassy to ask for citizenship and a passport.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 10th, 2008 at 03:24:12 AM EST
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With U.S. in slump, dual citizenship in EU countries attracts Americans
By Andrew Abramson, Palm Beach Post

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.

The creation of the European Union and its thriving economy is very appealing for Americans in a global economy.

"With an EU passport, I can live and work in 27 countries," said Suzanne Mulvehill of Lake Worth. "With a U.S. passport, I can live and work in one."

Americans can claim citizenship in any of the 27 European countries that are in the EU based on the nationality of their parents, or in some cases, grandparents and great-grandparents. Citizenship in one of those countries allows you to live and work in any EU nation.

Since the United States doesn't keep statistics on dual citizens, it's impossible to know exactly how many people have applied for citizenship in Europe. But it's estimated that more than 40 million Americans are eligible for dual citizenship, and a growing number of Americans want to try their luck elsewhere...

And yes, if I could I would too. It only makes sense to have multiple passports.

by Magnifico on Tue Jun 10th, 2008 at 03:25:22 AM EST
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i got a job in germany this week. i am ethnic german 4 generations removed. i speak the language ok. took one minute to get thru customs. the officer just said make sure you go to the auslanderbehorde and get the paperwork done. mind u i have a lohnsteuerkarte already, etc.... ( social security card here)

mind you if i didnt speak the language i dont think it would have happened. also they wanted someone who had already lived here before for the job due to the culture shock(extreme) when most americans try to make a go of it here with no previous german experience.

and im really happy im back, danke gott!!!!

Life is not a dress rehearsal

by johnfire (johnfire@christopherrehm.com) on Tue Jun 10th, 2008 at 06:33:44 PM EST
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I worked with somebody like that in Germany. My favourite moment of his culture shock was at lunch, when he sneezed. One of the Germans said "Gesundheit" and he responded with "Do you say that in German too?"
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 11th, 2008 at 02:03:39 AM EST
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only targets "the kids" for foreign assignments.  It is far easier for them to learn the language than us old farts.  For me it was the return to the US that created more culture shock!
by Lasthorseman on Wed Jun 11th, 2008 at 07:55:16 AM EST
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