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Spanish / Portuguese Citizenship

Portugal citizenship for Ashkenazi Jews?

Are European and American Jews entitled to Portuguese citizenship? Portugal citizenship for Ashkenazi Jews? Even those who are aware that Portugal gives citizenship to descendants of expelled Jews, may be surprised to hear this is possible. After all, the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal all settled in the Middle East, right? Not…

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Italian Conversos’ descendants are eligible for a Portuguese Passport

Italian Conversos  – Jews converted to Christianity by force – came from Spain to Italy in the 16th century. The expelled Jewish communities were impoverished and physically and spiritually depressed. In Italy, which was full of small warring principalities, the expelled Jewish population managed to establish large commercial houses, promoting cultural growth and spiritual independence.…

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Portugal Passes a Law Offering Portuguese Citizenship to Sephardic Jews

Why Is Portugal Offering Portuguese Citizenship to Sephardic Jews? In 2015, Portugal enacted the new Decree-Law 30-A/2015. This law offers Portuguese citizenship to Sephardic Jews. You might be wondering what all the hubbub is surrounding this law. A look into the history of Sephardic Jews may enlighten you. Sephardic Jews inhabited the Iberian Peninsula for generations…

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Spanish Citizenship for Israelis

Lately we are hearing a lot about the issue of Spanish citizenship for Israelis, but what is this new law? In the 15th century, Spain enacted the Alhambra Decree which forced Jews to choose between converting to Catholicism and leaving Spain.  Many Jews chose to flee rather than convert. In 2015, the Spanish government expressed its…

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Spanish Citizenship for Sephardic Jews

How Can Sephardic Jews Receive Spanish Citizenship? The Spanish Senate recently passed a law that aims to allow Sephardic Jews who can prove that their ancestors were expelled from Spain during the Spanish Expulsion to receive Spanish citizenship. The law is expected to be approved by the Spanish Congress and become operational in October 2015. Historical…

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