|Dual Citizenship Opportunities
Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 12 noon EST
BWSUSA African General Counsel
Dual citizens have access the same set of opportunities in two countries.
For example, as a dual citizen you will be allowed to vote in both
countries. You are allowed to work in both countries, so you can choose
the country with better wages or conditions. You will be allowed to own
property and take advantage of two government services systems. You can
choose where to go to school and pay a citizen's tuition.
Having dual citizenship gives you the chance to educate others about the
culture and people of two different countries. Governments may like dual
citizenship because it helps to promote a country's image and culture
abroad. If you have two passports, you may have more access to the world.
For example, a typical American citizen cannot travel to South Africa
without applying for a costly visa -- if that American citizen also held
Ghanian citizenship, she could simply present her Ghanian passport at the
time of travel and go to South Africa without a visa.
Sense of Belonging
Dual citizens may carry two passports and therefore feel reassured that
they belong and are welcome in both countries. Though one country may be a
homeland and the other a new home, dual citizens get to fully experience
and embrace the ideals of both. Dual citizenship can strengthen loyalty --
both political and cultural -- to the second country by making dual
citizens feel welcome and accepted.
Ease of Travel
If you are a dual citizen, you enjoy the protection of two governments.
When traveling, you can appeal to one or both governments' embassies if
you have problems. When asked for identification during international
travels, you can supply the passport that is least likely to raise
eyebrows or cause problems among officials. You can also travel to both
countries as a native citizen, avoiding the lengthy airport queues and
questioning about your purposes.
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