Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Spanish law to offer citizenship for people with certain last names

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Spain is about to approve a bill into new law under the intention of repairing some of its history in the last 500 or so years. It is intended to give back a birth right to certain descendants driven away from Spain during the colony period.

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While the country released a listing of surnames that are eligible to take back its original citizenship, there are conditions to be fulfilled.

If you can prove that you are a 'Sephardic Jew' or coming from a family line banished from Spain by the Catholic rulers of the 15th and 16th centuries, you will have the greatest chance to get your Spanish citizenship.

This offering is Spain's way of implementing 'historical reparation'. Spanish justice minister Ruiz-Gallardón said:
[we] have an opportunity to repair it, so I am sure that law will pass with an immense majority in parliament...[and when it does] citizenship will not be a discretional matter, it will not be subject to the good will of the government, because it is a right that anyone who meets the criteria is entitled to.
Spain wants to offer an authentic historical reparation after five hundred years
The bill is yet to be approved by parliament. But according to it, Sephardic Jews will have two years to process application for citizenship, after the bill becomes a law.

Here is the full list of names qualified to apply for Spanish citizenship. Source: http://www.sandiegored.com/
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