June 11, 2012 by JL Walker
These are the main reasons:
- Voting. I’d like to be able to vote in local and national elections. Politics isn’t the most important thing in my life, but it is important to have a say in the matter.
- Travelling. It will be easier to travel around Europe. Italian citizens can go to most other countries in Europe, even those that aren’t part of the EU, with just a national ID card. No need for passports or permits to stay. That will be one less thing to worry about when travelling. (For example, Switzerland isn’t far from where I live so it’s pretty easy to drive up to Lugano for the day and I always have to remember my passport!)
- Working. I could potentially work anywhere in Europe. I love living in Milan and living in Italy, but who knows what life will bring in the future? With EU citizenship, I’ll at least have the option of moving to another country on this side of the pond.
- Living. No more dealing with the hassle of being an extracommunitario. Even though I have a carta di soggiorno and can legally live and work here indefinitely, if I become a citizen, I won’t have to worry about keeping permit documents in order and updated.
- Staying. I’m probably here to stay! I’m planning on staying here, so why not taking this extra step?
Of course, if I were forced to choose only one citizinship, I don’t think I could ever renounce my place of birth! I will always be an American, no matter how long I live outside my home country.