How can the European Union Benefit You?
- Become a citizen of an EU country
- Become a resident of an EU country
- Marry an EU citizen/resident
- Obtain an "EU Passport"
- Work temporary in any of the member countries
Overview: The European Union (EU) consists of 27 individual countries, which entitles all citizens to live, travel and work in the country of their choice. Citizens can freely travel, work, retire, or just vacate without any problems in any EU country. The European Union provides individuals and families with choices that other individual countries around the world cannot offer. The "Single Market" that was created in 1993 states that people, money, services, and good can move freely within the European Union. Currently over 450 million EU citizens are provided with these options.
Opportunities: The 27 EU countries have different immigration programs in terms of foreign work programs, ways to obtain citizenship, unemployment rates, inheritance of citizenship, and other official immigration programs which allows individuals to live in one or several EU countries. Some immigration programs can end with a citizenship while other programs are time limited and related to work or tourism. The advantage of citizenship in an EU country is that the laws and regulations of the EU is applicable to any country that you decide to live and work in.
EU Citizenship: The Treaty of Maastricht states that "Every person holding the nationality of a Member State of the European Union is, as a result, a citizen of the Union. Citizenship of the Union supplements national citizenship without replacing it. It is made up of a set of fundamental rights and obligations enshrined in the EC Treaty among which it is worth underlining the right not to be discriminated on the basis of the nationality."
This means that an individual who becomes a citizen of any EU country automatically is granted EU citizenship. EU citizenship is not a separate "national" citizenship, but is related to the individual's rights in any of the 27 EU countries. For example, a citizen of Poland has the right to move to Spain and work/retire legally.
The European Union (EU) consists of a 27 democratic countries. Select a country and start a new and prosperous life in the European Union.
|2.||Belgium||Dutch / Flemish|
|3.||Cyprus||Greek / Turkish|
|16.||Luxemburg||French / Flemish|
|17.||Malta||Maltese / English|
Non-EU Member Countries
Norway and Switzerland are not members of the European Union. Norway is a member of the Schengen Treaty. Switzerland is neutral and independent with its own individual visa and immigration procedures. From 2007 and onwards Switzerland will join the Schengen community with customs control in place as the country is still not a member of the European Union.
Both Norway and Switzerland are strong economic and rich countries, which are believed to be the reason for their non-participation in the European Union. Norway is ranked by the United Nations as the best country to live in for 5 years in a row, while Switzerland was ranked as the 11th country in 2005.
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