How do I measure the value of EU citizenship for my kids?
May 17, 2011 1:38 PM Subscribe
Help me measure the value of dual US-EU citizenship for my children.
posted by pandabearjohnson to society & culture (25 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Mrs. Pandabear and I are both U.S. citizens legally residing in France. Our daughters were born in France and currently hold US passports. If they continue to live in France until their 18 birthday then they will automatically become French citizens. Around the age of 13 we can begin to ask the French government to grant them citizenship. They are currently 2 and 4 years, so we are looking at a minimum of 11 - 12 years of living in France before the kids could get citizenship.
Once they become French citizens they will have the legal right to live and work in 22 European countries (as well as the US, since they will still have American citizenship). I am not one of those "the US is on its knees" types, but I'd love for my kids to be able to move freely among the 300+ million people of the US and the 400+ million people of the EU economic block.
The choice is obvious, except for the following drawback: France is really expensive. This point was driven home by a recent trip to the US. I feel like we are throwing away a lot of money we could be saving by living where we do. (assume for this discussion that my job and pay stay the same regardless of where we live)
The Other Disadvantage
We might like to try living somewhere else. Sometimes I think I'd like to give my kids a few years living in non-Western country; Vietnam or Mauritius. That would be a great experience for a kid. But if we did that we'd move further from the goal of French citizenship.
How do I weigh all of this? The longer we stay in France the closer we get to the goal of dual citizenship so the harder it will be to move.