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By Luc Loranhe (2006)
All laws of any country which restrict its citizens to from having multiple citizenships ought to be scraped.
What's the purpose of such laws anyway, apart from making the live of those more difficult who live in different countries at different times?
Do lawmakers earnestly believe that by restricting a country's citizens from holding another country's citizenship as well, they safeguard the loyalty of its citizens?
People nowadays have a very practical approach to citizenship issues. They consider the benefits of holding this or that country's passport.
Third World countries that compete for rich foreign residents and direct foreign investment could assure themselves of a substantial competitive edge by granting secondary citizenship to those who invest a certain amount in the country.
Anyway, many Third World countries already have in place specific programs that grant residency privileges to those who invest certain amounts (such as the "Malaysia, my second home" offer of that country).
However, granting citizenship will be much more convincing to those who potentially bring in large amounts of money.
Swiss nationals can easily hold multiple citizenships, while many larger Western nations don't grant their citizens an according freedom.
Probably the most paranoid, and most restrictive towards its own people, is that country that likes to refer to itself as the "Land of the Free", but is anything but.
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