Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on February 17th, 2009

This is a quick-hit to talk about the status of my “Guide to a Passport” series. I have the next few steps all written and ready for publication as soon as I start hearing back from various agencies (currently I’m waiting on about six of them, scattered across four countries).

In the meantime:

  • Today I was forwarded an email making its rounds among Diaspora Bigwigs that suggests that some movement might be coming on the dual citizenship front in Seimas very soon now. I look forward to seeing what this might look like.
  • I’ve thought about the “lietuvio korta” more and more, and I can’t see how it would have any validity outside of Lithuania (that is, in the rest of the EU). I won’t go so far as to say it’s as frivolous as a card identifying you as a “citizen” of Red Sox Nation, but maybe I should–those are some serious fan benefits Red Sox Nation grants you. I just don’t know enough about Lithuanian citizenship rights to know if not being able to vote is a small price to pay.
  • Comments and emails (reminder: I don’t discuss content over email, only in comments) have been coming in from people who fall outside the rather finely defined borders for dual citizenship. I’m sorry to those of you who are, for the time being, out of luck. To this day the only compelling argument I’ve heard against blanket dual citizenship takes as a given that Russia is intent on conquering Lithuania, using “saving their oppressed Russian citizens” as a ruse. So it’s kind of like what happened in South Ossetia, but this time played as tacky farce. If I had to guess, I’d wager that the “left after 11 March 1990” deal breaker is set in rather permanently. It would take a rather tremendous shift in public perception of dual citizenship for it to fall away. We’ll see.

So that’s where we are: waiting for the wheels to spin.

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