Migration Trends: US Americans apply for EU citizenship

June 10, 2008 at 7:18 am | Posted in Politics | 9 Comments
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An article by the Palm Beach Post:

“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.

I am not 100% sure whether the criteria as described in the box on the left of the article are profoundly researched – anyone who as a proof of German descent, regardless whether it’s on mother of father’s side, can apply for a German passport as far as I know.
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  1. That’s interesting! Iam sure that with US economy not doing great, this trend will continue. Also, I know lot of Canadians and Americans who will love to live/work in Europe..

  2. Actually some of them are leaving due to taxes. Perhaps rich people don’t want to pay for all the jails, or more precisely the jailers pensions.

    America’s Berlin Wall

    http://www.economist.com/finance/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11554721

    Funny law, similar to the Reich Flight laws in Germany during the late 1930s to early 1940s. I wonder what is similar between Germany in the late 1930s and the USA today?

  3. Gee, I didn’t know about that! Thanks for pointing me to it! A brief excerpt from the article:

    Congress increases the ransom expats must pay to escape the taxman

    QUEUES of frustrated foreigners crowd many an American consulate around the world hoping to get into the United States. Less noticed are the heavily taxed American expatriates wanting to get out—by renouncing their citizenship.

    In Hong Kong just now, they cannot. “Please note that this office cannot accept renunciation applications at this time,” the consulate’s website states. Apart from sounding like East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the closure is unfortunately timed. Because of pending legislation on President Bush’s desk that is expected to become law by June 16th, any American who wants to surrender his passport has only a few days to do so before facing an enormous penalty.

  4. There seems to be an effort to collect money from offshore accounts and citizens in a few countries. My guess is if you searched the net for your nationality and taxes and other appropriate words you would find a fair amount on the subject.

    Trying to change a tax juristiction is common by citizens within countries, I am sure yours too. My guess is within the EU now. National governments are used to having a monopoly on taxing their citizens so it is a problem when citizens can flee to cheaper nationalities.

    In particular taxes due when you die, estate taxes in the US, are a cause of people renouncing US citizenship. It may also be that the value of a US passport for dual nationals is less than it was in the past, so why pay extra for it.

    From Germany:
    Tax Evaders, Beware The Liechten-sting

    http://www.forbes.com/markets/emergingmarkets/2008/02/26/liechtenstein-tax-haven-markets-equity-cx_po_0226markets26.html

    Amusing is Kenneth Dart who renounced his US citizenship, became a citizen of Belize, bought a mansion in Florida, was appointed the Belizian embassador to the US, declared his mansion a diplomatic residence, and then did what every he wanted there, legal or not, as he and his mansion had diplomatic immunity. Ken Dart is the person that the government usually cites as the reason for these laws, although collecting taxes is obviously the reason.

    New Law Cracks Down On Rich Tax Evaders

    http://www.courant.com/business/hc-kristof0627.artjun27,0,4182924.story

  5. yes and no. I am German and have been living and working in Austria for 3.5 years now – if you work in another country more than something like 180 days a year, you’re off the hook (i.e. only are accountble towards that land) – within the EU, that is, but that’s a whole bunch of countries.

    Liechtenstein, however, is not in the EU, neither is Switzerland or Monaco, all countries preferred by Tax evaders. But it’s very difficult to become a citizen of Liechtenstein, or even to get a work permit there (I spent my first 3 years in Austria in Vorarlberg, i.e. close to Liechtenstein) – the Liechtenstein tax haven story is not immediatey connected to the immigration/emigration issue.

  6. I know many including myself intending to leave. Not because of taxes, not at all.

    If Barack Obama is elected President, we’re bailing. That’s the last straw.

    Your article is very helpful, thank you. Many thank you’s, actually.

  7. I so so so so so hope that Barack Obama is going to be elected! That’s the last chance for me to think kindly of the US – I know so many nice people there, I simply cannot believe that the government must be the diametral opposite. PLease Please PLease, USA, VOTE OBAMA!

  8. dear sir :

    Am ask about possipility of get achance to emmigrate to any europian countries talk english or deutsch language and I prefer austeria. for progress my self ican send all my certificates if yours accept and ihope to help me to plainning my life well . and advice me about targets . methods and needings as fast as possiple .

    Dr : HASSAN MOHAMED HASSAN AHMED

    bechelor of veterinary medicine -university of khartoum -sudan

    high knowledge for english language and deutsch and examined in 9/8in jota . and high experiance in extesion domain duo to long contact with holders as work needings .

  9. Well, this is a blog, I am not giving away any vias:-) Btwm, German is called German in English, and it’s Austria, not Austeria – just some pointers to get you started;)


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