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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 January 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 JANUARY 2016 21 OPINION OPINION CHRISTOS ILIOPOULOS Easing your path to Greek citizenship People from all over the world, who were not born in Greece, but are of Greek origin, are interested in learning what is required to apply for and obtain the Greek citizenship. They were born outside Greece, to parents, or grandparents, or sometimes even greatgrandparents, who were born in Greece. Or simply, to ancestors who were never born in Greece, but were undoubtedly Greek, like the Greeks of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), of the Middle East (Egypt, Lebanon, Syria etc.), of Russia and the other former soviet republics. Those who can prove they have ancestors born in Greece can apply for certification of their Greek citizenship, while those whose ancestors were never born in Greece, are entitled to apply for naturalisation. LETTERS Re-open the Theological School of Halki The Modern Theological School of Halki was opened in 1844 at the Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Constantinople. It is the training centre for hierarchs of the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, Turkey. The forcible closure of Halki in 1971, after the infamous pogroms and deportations of Greek Orthodox Christians in 1955 and 1964, constitutes a violation of Articles 37-44 of the Treaty of Lausanne, the United Nations Charter, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the basic Principles on Security and Cooperation in Europe, among others. Any time a Greek government has requested the reopening of the school, the Turkish government attempts to cover its discrimination by making demands-in return-on matters that are completely unrelated to the Halki issue and were nonexistent at the time of Halki's closure. While the Halki School of Theology was closed, other private colleges were permitted to function, indicating the discriminatory nature of Halki School's closure. Both the American Congress and the European Parliament have adopted resolutions demanding the reopening of Halki. At least two American presi- dents and hundreds of other political and religious figures worldwide, including the pope of Rome, have called on Turkish authorities to lift the discriminatory restrictions on the Halki School of Theology. Please join our voice; sign the petition and share on Facebook, Twitter, email … everywhere.: www.secure.avaaz. org/en/petition/International_Hellenic_Organization_ ReOpen_The_Theological_ School_of_Halki/?tOpeheb Vasilis Tsapaliaris Athens The Greek Australian woman racially attacked on the train Racism is never acceptable, and yet in some ways the shock here is that, in 2015, there is still racism in some sectors towards Hellenes. But while many may feel for this victim and she will most certainly feel shocked and dismayed, for many of us we grew up in such an environment. Indeed, I have known many over the past years who anglicised their names so that they could escape such abuse. I have relatives on my mother's side whose friends have no idea at all that they have Hellenic DNA. And over the years I copped it many times myself. Joining the Australian Navy and pow, I copped it there. Joining various boards and only when people learned my name would I hear from their mouths "I knew I could detect an accent". At one extremely well-known boys school where I taught in the 1990s, the three Hellenic Australian teachers were all transferred out at the same time by a principal (now deceased) who disliked Hellenes. And so many readers could go on and on with examples. We need to realise that we are sometimes our own worst enemies and I do not mean by speaking 'Greek' or eating 'Greek' food but by NOT promoting who we are. And then I do not mean our ancient ancestors. How many out there know of the Hellenic blood within Judith Durham or Lou Richards, just as Both types of application lead to the same goal, the fullyfledged Greek (and European) citizenship. Anyone who wishes to learn whether they are eligible for Greek citizenship and if so, how to apply for it, must have part or all of the following information. The starting point is the full name and data of the ancestor(s) of the applicant, who were born in Greece. This includes the ancestor's name, surname, father's first name, the place of the ancestor's birth in Greece, as close as possible and the year of birth in Greece, as accurately as possible. Once the above information is available, a search can be undertaken to determine whether any birth or other record of the Greek-born ancestor can be located at the official archives or municipal records of any Greek town or village. If the result is positive, the possibility for the particular applicant to obtain citizenship increases dramatically. Next, we need the marriage certificate of the ancestor. It does not matter if the marriage took place in Greece, which is preferable, or outside Greece. If both ancestors (parents or grandparents) were born in Greece, things are easier. In the case where only one of the grandparents was Greek-born, the gender is of importance. If the Greek-born ancestor is/was a grandfather, his marriage to a non-Greek grandmother must be proven religious, Greek Orthodox, if he was Greek Orthodox, or religious Jewish, if he was Jewish, etc. If, on the other hand, the Greek-born ancestor is/was a grandmother, married to a non-Greek grandfather, her marriage must today be proven just civil, not religious. The type of marriage (civil or religious of any dogma) of the parents of the applicant is not relevant and cannot be an obstacle to the citizenship application, as long as there is a certified copy of it (with the certificate of the Apostille, from certain countries like the USA, Australia, South Africa, but not Canada). The birth certificate of the Greek parent of the appli- cant is also required, as well as the birth certificate of the applicant themselves, also with Apostille, if from certain countries. If the grandparent or parent of the applicant was divorced prior to the marriage from which the applicant was born, the divorce court decision and the previous marriage certificate may also be needed. A divorce after the birth of the applicant is not of importance and usually is not even registered in Greece. If the Greek ancestor of the applicant was not born in Greece, the applicant must know where he/she was born. In such a case, the application will be filed for naturalisation and the process does not necessarily require a strict line of birth and marriage certificates from the Greek ancestor to the present applicant. However, an interview with the Consul of Greece is the basic requirement, so that the Greek administration determines how Greek the applicant feels, whether he/she speaks the language, if there are ties with Greece, relatives, friends, visits, professional or other plans related to Greece and a general knowledge of the culture and history of the country. * Christos Iliopoulos, attor- ney at the Supreme Court of Greece, LLM - www.greekadvocate.eu Email your letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org how many know of the Italian blood within Don Bradman? Why do so many anglicise their names, refuse to speak 'Greek', attend cultural events? Why do few of us know of the greatness of the Hellenic people in WW2? Where even the enemy Adolf Hitler was praising the people who gave his elite troops more pain than the Americans or the British? Why do so few realise that if Hellas has almost two million refugees on Hellenic soil, the Hellenic people are feeding them, clothing them, helping them and yet they themselves are economically suffering. I detest the racism that this young woman received but I and many, many readers have copped it for years and years. And when some of us come across 'FYROMians' and cer- Have Your Say LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: FYROM PM says he is open to dialogue on ‘Macedonia’ name dispute. Do you believe it will be changed in Greece’s favour? 30% YES 70% NO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Should Greek Orthodox priests move away from formalities of the church to embrace and understand the younger generation? Yes/No Vote online now. Go to neoskosmos.com Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by Rural Press Printing, Ballarat. 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Editor-in-chief: Sotiris Hatzimanolis Journalists: Christopher Gogos Nelly Skoufatoglou, Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Nikos Fotakis, Panos Apostolou, George Stogiannou Contributors: Dean Kalimniou, Theodora Maios, Billy Cotsis, Zoe Stokes-Paizis, Patrick Skene Sub-editor: Angela Costanzo Graphic design: Peter Kelidis tain others we still cop it. When we enter into organisations controlled by the ultra conservatives, the right wingers, we still cop it to this day. I am proud of my Hellenism and in my life the more such racism I received the more I became a Hellene. What's your story? Ange Kenos Victoria Well done Thanks for the news and the article in Neos Kosmos regarding the new Work/Holiday Visa. I read it with interest and wanted to say that the president and the team at Greek Community of Melbourne should be proud of themselves for the work done to reach such a great outcome. I am sure this single event will impact on a huge number of people, not just the young people coming across the work, upskill and make lasting contacts with Australia, but for the families they have back in Greece. I really think this one initia- tive will deliver benefits to those participating and their families for years to come. Let's hope one day it can extend to more people. Alex Pyrlis South Australia Please note that the submission of a letter does not guarantee that it will be published. We reserve the right to edit your letter for clarity, grammar, spelling and style. Letters that use inappropriate language will not be published. All letters published will include the author’s name and location. Comments posted on Neos Kosmos’website, Facebook and Twitter pages can also be included for submission at the editors’ discretion and will be edited accordingly.
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