Sephardi Jews are descendants of members of the Jewish community who resided in Portugal and Spain from the later eras of the Roman Empire up until they were persecuted and expelled from these countries at the end of the 15th century. In 2015, Portugal’s government passed a “law of return” that allowed Sephardi Jews to…

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What is the significance of the list of Jewish names for Spanish citizenship? Since the Spanish government is trying to make amends for the tragic deportation of Jews circa 1492, Spain passed a law offering descendants of Spanish deportees their chance to obtain Spanish citizenship and passports. However, this law has expired as of October…

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Spanish Sephardic Names – can they get you Spanish citizenship? In 2015, the Spanish government made a historic decision to grant Spanish citizenship to descendants of Spanish deportees. However, this law expired by the end of 2019. As of today, April 2020, Spain no longer grants citizenship for descendants of the expelled Sephardi Jewish community.…

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Frequently asked questions about Sephardic Jewish last names and Portuguese citizenship Jewish Sephardic last names run in my family, what does that mean? In 2015, Spanish and Portuguese governments passed laws sating that any descendant of the Sephardic Jews expelled from their territory in 1492 and 1496, would be eligible to obtain Spanish citizenship and…

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Sephardic family names and Portuguese citizenship There are more than 3 million Israeli Jews with some family connection to the Spanish expulsion. There are millions more of Jews and non-Jews around the world who can easily qualify for a Portuguese passport. Others who want to obtain a passport of Portugal will have to make an…

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The Spanish Anusim (Marranos) in Venezuela arrived in this country from Western European countries and Caribbean islands. Upon arrival in Venezuela, the descendants of the Anusim engaged in trade and export of coffee, vanilla, tobacco, and paints to the entire western world, and were considered amongst the greatest merchants in Venezuela. Among the distinguished Sephardic…

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Jews who are originally from Spain in Australia have contributed much to the development of the local social, commercial, and economic life. When the first Sephardic (Sefardi) Jewish settlers arrived in Australia in the 19th century, they established businesses, banks, cultural centers, and artwork that still exist today. In addition, the community leaders were known…

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