Spain to Offer Citizenship to Sephardic Jews

The Kansas City Star

Spain is poised to grant citizenship to the descendants of Jews forced into exile by the Inquisition in 1492.

Worldwide, there are an estimated 3 million Jews of Spanish origin. They are known as Sephardic Jews, for the Hebrew word for Spain, though some Sephardic Jews' ancestors herald from other nearby countries or North Africa. The Spanish government expects most of the new applications to come from Israel, where crowds have lined up outside the Spanish Embassy and consulate to request more information, or from Turkey and Venezuela, home to large Sephardic communities.

According to Spain's bill, to be eligible for dual citizenship, applicants will also have to take a Spanish culture test and have their ancient ties to the nation vetted by experts.

Editor’s Note: This offer—for those eligible—could be a relatively easy path to a second passport and the enormous diversification benefits it brings.

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