Thursday, 30 October 2008
Lulu over at Calabrisella Mia is well on the way to getting her dual citizenship, and hopefully one day soon will be moving to Italy, and maybe even living in a little village on the other side of Malito.
She got me thinking about how lucky I was to have my dual citizenship sorted before I had even decided to live in Italy. It was very easy thanks to laziness or lack of money...I am not sure which. You see my dad has a large family and 52 years ago they all said goodbye to their small Calabrian village, Policastrello, and migrated to Australia.
I am not sure of the particulars, but for some reason only half of the children were naturalized as Australian Citizens while the other half remained Italian (I think it was the eldest children who obtained Australian Citizenship.) What ever the reason it worked in my favour that dad remained an Italian Citizen till only a few years ago.
Now a days my dad is an Australian Citizen and the story is actually quite funny. It took him 52 years to return to Italy, and it took him about 50 years to even leave Australia! A few years ago my parents decided to holiday in Vietnam...the only problem it seemed was that dad did not have a passport, not Italian, not Australian...nothing. I don't know on what grounds he had been living in Australia, don't get me wrong - he was a legal resident who used to own a business and was a tax payer his whole life, but I am not sure of the particulars, of what documentation he was given when he migrated.
So the day comes when mum and dad want to go on a holiday and dad has to get naturalized so he can get an Australian passport to leave the country! It was so funny when they told me. After 50 odd years living in Australia finally he swears alliance to his not so new home so he can go on a holiday!
EDIT: My twin has since commented below that Dad did not become an Australian Citizen as he could not make it to the office since he had to work!