1.4 Million Macedonians Line Up for Passports in EU Back Door Sofia - Le Figaro

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Bulgaria: 1.4 Million Macedonians Line Up for Passports in EU Back Door Sofia - Le Figaro The peak in applications for Bulgarian citizenship from Macedonians – about 40,000 - came in 2004, three years before the country joined the European Union. Photo by BGNES

A total of 1,4 million Macedonian citizens from Slavic origin and another 300,000 ethnic Turks, who were forcefully driven out of Bulgaria in the 80s, are lining up for a passport in Sofia and could gain EU citizenship through the back door, says Le Figaro.

"Very often on the threshold of poverty these citizens live in countries, which are centuries away from the standards of the European Union. But they all can claim they are eligible for the precious passports," the article comments.

According to it more than 4000 people applied for Hungarian citizenship since January, while the authorities in Bucharest wait between 250 000 and 400 000 applications for passports by the end of the year.

Bulgaria grants citizenship to Macedonians who prove Bulgarian ethnicity. The procedure requires providing their family name and birth certificate and filling in complex paperwork. Under Bulgaria's rules, perhaps two-thirds of of Macedonia's population of two million could be eligible for citizenship.

Tens of thousands have applied and nearly 20,000 have been approved since 2001. Acquiring a Bulgarian passport allows the holder to work in many European countries. Since Bulgarian laws allow dual citizenship, there is no need to renounce one's Macedonian documents.

To prove Bulgarian origin, it is enough for Macedonian citizens just to declare it, which makes virtually every Macedonian of Slavic origin is eligible to claim a Bulgarian passport.

Macedonians strive to obtain Bulgarian citizenship for a number of reasons – to migrate to Bulgaria, to travel and work freely across the European Union and also due to the faith in the protection that the Bulgarian state can give them.

But in Macedonia suspicions remain. The tortuous history of the Balkans, old territorial claims and accusations of a covertly expansionist agenda have tensed relations between the two countries.

In 1999 each nation renounced any claims to the territory of the other, but Bulgaria has still not formally recognized the existence of Macedonian language and culture. Politicians and media have suggested more than once that the Bulgarian state has a hidden goal of an ultimate "reunification".

The peak in applications for Bulgarian citizenship from Macedonians – about 40,000 - came in 2004, three years before the country joined the European Union.

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#31
Nellieherself - 29 Jan 2011 // 18:23:43

kostis

"Fact is that who was born in this lovely part of the earth will never be assimilated no matter how many years he lives abroad.."

Talk about yourself and your Greek brothers. Most Bulgarians assimilate in one generation or less.

#30
Buddy - 29 Jan 2011 // 10:17:45

Right you are Mr. Kostis!

#29
kostis - 28 Jan 2011 // 22:12:04

Buddy,
I think I heard of this monk, he was also giving prophecies and he is famous in the Greek church circles. People can pretend by all means to be someone else but at the end of the day I see them hang around this forum all the time and be also quite well informed about Bulgaria. Fact is that who was born in this lovely part of the earth will never be assimilated no matter how many years he lives abroad..

#28
Buddy - 28 Jan 2011 // 21:19:05

You are so right Mr. Kostis..... The worst are the renegades.... There was a monk on Mount Athos, called Paisii, on the first page of his Slavic-Bulgarian History around 1760, " Oh... you unreasonable why are you ashamed to call yourself Bulgarian?" Nothing has changed under the sky,250 years later. You will always have certain people like those on this blog who are giving advises, while forgetting their origin.....
Leave them a side. Its not worthy to .....

#27
kostis - 27 Jan 2011 // 15:07:19

"Eurpe has a right to protect its culture and civilization from the Balkan hordes of savages."

@ Nellie,

don't judge from yourself to draw conclusions for others. Just because you turn up to be a Balkan savage who emigrated in the US it does not mean that all Balkan people are the same.

#26
Pantudi - 26 Jan 2011 // 22:49:26

DrSchweinSchnauzer,

How is your hairy BG peasant bimbo doing? Has she learned any new tricks from Yane?

#25
tubo - 26 Jan 2011 // 21:32:34

I'm in Penetang correctional facility..thanks for caring

#24
JG - 26 Jan 2011 // 13:10:42

Next thing is that Dutch speaking Belgiums are asking for a Dutch pasport.
Freedom of choice is most important I guess.

#23
kostis - 26 Jan 2011 // 10:06:58

"You mean probably the kind of 'cartesian logic' that entitles you to piss on the graves of my family members."

If your family members were Nazis then I am the one who insulted. If your family members were not Nazis then you are the one who insults them with your Nazi behavior.

#22
DrFaust - 26 Jan 2011 // 09:07:25

"There is no cartesian logic in your posting, as you did not write EXACTLY as Nick, but again there very little logic in any of your postings and thanks to clowns like you and the anonymity of the forum we can all understand first hand the prejudice, racism, arrogance and aggressive behavior from your "civilized Europe"
towards the Balkan people and their countries."

Blahblahblah. Go back to square one, compare what I wrote with what Nick wrote and then compare Stalin's Buddy's comment. It's revealing. And it's revealing when a racist and moronic human trash like you speaks of 'cartesian logic'. You mean probably the kind of 'cartesian logic' that entitles you to piss on the graves of my family members. But we all know what a lowest level creature you are.

Next!

#21
Nickie - 26 Jan 2011 // 05:23:32

I do too.

I just watched The "Date" of The Union.
I mean, the state of union.
It was so "cute" how the reds and the blues, sat together.

Anyway, I want listen to Michelle Bachman...she always makes me laugh.

#20
Nellieherself - 26 Jan 2011 // 04:16:58

I miss Bill :-(

#19
Nickie - 26 Jan 2011 // 04:06:29

Nellie,

Let's not forget that he's from Macedonia too!

I wonder what prison he's in now.
Or should I say...in what "can"?

I miss Tubo. I wonder where he really is and how he's doing...I hope he doesn't follow Bills path because I really miss him! :-(

Nickie

#18
Nellieherself - 26 Jan 2011 // 03:59:18

Nickie

Good one! lol

#17
Nickie - 26 Jan 2011 // 03:53:29

Hi Nellie,

My only question pertains to the original "title" of this article and how it could ever be miss-interpreted...

"1.4 Million Macedonians Line Up for Passports in EU Back Door Sofia - Le Figaro"

That's about Tubo, isn't it??

He's the back door man!

Nickie

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