What's our story?
Updated: Jan 21
We're a European couple in our early 30s, both born under totalitarian socialism. Our birth certificates mention a different country than our IDs.
Despite the fact that we were lucky enough to be born in middle class families, back then our families endured a lot so that we can have the best start in life. Our parents waiting long overnight queues for basic food like eggs or milk. Diapers were unheard of and they used to wash, boil and re-use improvised cloth diapers.
When we found out that we're going to have a baby, we knew we wanted to offer our baby the best chance in life. And unlike our parents, we have more options now. Unlike our parents during communism, we can travel and even work, buy a place, and even settle abroad. This is something that they didn't even dare dream about.
30 years ago, people died so we can have the freedom to dream again. We owe them our world of opportunities. We owe the same to our kids.
Socialism is such a good idea that they have to enforce it on people. Our parents couldn't escape the hell of communism because they weren't allowed to leave the country. Where would they go anyway? Although our ancestors came from other parts of the continent, there was no way for our families to "go back". Even if travelling abroad would have been allowed, they didn't have the right to settle there. If only they had a second citizenship, a second passport which could enable them to move abroad...
This is the option we want to give our unborn baby.
Yes, our country is now part of EU, enjoying many rights and benefits that others only dream about. And communism seems like a distant nightmare. But, as history teaches us, on the scale of generations, we're never too far from fundamental geopolitical changes. Our parents were born in communism, our grandparents were born under monarchy. While our great-great-grandparents were born in countries that no longer exist. Back when our own country didn't exist.
Change is inevitable and our current liberties are not a given. We must work to keep them and extend them, but also have a backup plan just in case things go sideways. This is why a second citizenship makes sense. This offers the holder the permanent right to travel, move, and work in a another country, potentially a more free, more stable, and more prosperous.
And let's say nothing terribly bad will happen with our country in the next 80 years (life expectancy for a child born now), will our baby be worse off for having this option? No.
Oh, and in the unlikely circumstance things will stay just as good or better in the next 80 years, the gift of citizenship will be passed on from generation to generation.
We feel grateful to pursue this opportunity and to share our journey with you, freedom-loving international-minded expecting parents.
PS: Just because you don't want a second citizenship, it doesn't mean it can't be enforced upon you. During the 20th century, millions of people from Eastern Europe held 3-4 different citizenships across their life, even if they never left their home village. More recently, a million people in Crimea can confirm you can involuntarily become a foreigner in your own land.