Billionaire businessman Donald Trump’s ascension to the top job in the Whitehouse may have caused abject consternation among millions across America and throughout the free world, but it has also aroused deep concern for the immediate future among two groups he singled out for abuse in his campaign – America’s Latino immigrant population, and its Muslim citizens.
Donald Trump will take office as the 45th President of the United States of America in January, 2017, a 70-year old billionaire who has never previously held a political office in his life. He ran as a republican independent and financed his own campaign. He struck a chord among America’s largest group of voters – the seemingly disenfranchised white working/middle class – early, and maintained their support throughout one of the dirtiest campaigns in the history of US politics.
Like Hitler using the Jewish race as a scapegoat to unite a broken, defeated Germany in the 1920s, Trump needed his targets of blame to unite his supporters, and singled out two groups in particular, Latino – Mexican in particular – immigrants, and Muslims. Trump labelled Mexicans “rapists” and said:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best… they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”
During his campaign, Trump regularly stated his intention of building an unbreachable wall along the US-Mexican border. Worryingly, he has not backed down from that stance since winning the election.
As for his views on Muslims, as early as 2011 Trump regularly spoke of the “Muslim problem” in the US, and in late 2015 he made a statement that more than any other summed up his opinion on Islam:
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
The bottom line is, times could well get tough for even the most secular, Stars-and-Stripes waving America-loving of Muslims, never mind those who wish to continue to dress a certain way, pray, visit their Mosques and live their lives in accordance with the Koran. Trump has made no bones about how he intends to set up a “Muslim Database”, with all US Muslims registered and legally bound to carry ID cards – which many have claimed is akin to the Jews being forced to wear yellow stars in pre-war Germany.
The European Option
Every country within the European Union including the UK, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands has a large Muslim population, but unlike the US, none are ruled by an overtly anti-Islamic government. The mass-migration of Syrian and Iraqi immigrants aside, the Islamic communities in these EU countries have lived harmoniously alongside Christians, Catholics, Jews, even Sikhs and Hindus for decades.
It is only in recent years, because of the actions of extremist groups and more recently because of the immigration crisis, that there has been any issue among ethnic Europeans and their Muslim neighbors. In truth, even those issues have done little to damage the respect that intelligent, educated individuals who were born in Great Britain, Germany, France, Spain or Portugal to name but a few continue to show to Muslim citizens of their country.
Wealthy Muslims have thrived in Europe, and there are multiple examples of super-rich Saudi, Iranian and Lebanese business people who have made some of Europe’s most vibrant cities their homes. In London alone you can find Arab billionaires like Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber (pictured above), Mahdi al-Tajir, Wafic Said, and of course, Harrods owner and former custodian of Fulham FC, Mohamed al-Fayed.
In Paris purchasing expensive real estate wasn’t enough for fabulously wealthy Qatari investors, they also bought the city’s biggest football club – Paris Saint-Germain F.C. – and set about plowing hundreds of millions of euros into the team and turning a previously underachieving outfit into one of the powerhouses of European soccer.
In Spain, the Saudi Royal Family has long had strong ties with the South coastal city of Marbella, and the late Saudi King Abdullah’s annual month-long holiday there, accompanied by a hundred-strong staff, generated tens of millions of Euros in income for the locals. The new King, Abdullah’s younger brother Salman bin Abdulaziz loves the place so much that he has had his own palace and mosque built in the city, and keeps his fabulous yacht docked in its marina.
How Can You Become An EU Citizen?
There was a time when living standards in the US were consistently higher than those of Europe, but that hasn’t been the case since the 1990s. Not only is life in European countries and European cities as good as – if not better than – life in the US, Europeans across the board enjoy far better educational and health systems than those of the United States.
If you are used to the hustle and bustle of a city like New York or Chicago, you can experience that same lifestyle in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, only with a fraction of the crime and no racism. If you have lived in California or Florida and you are used to the sun, sea and the warm climates, why not consider Portugal, Spain or Italy were not only do you have fabulous weather and beautiful beaches but also incredible cities and centuries of culture.
Many US Muslims already have family, friends or both who live in a country like Great Britain, France or Germany. Maybe you have wondered what life would be like there, and the election of Donald Trump with his anti-Muslim rhetoric has rekindled those thoughts once again. If you are one of many wealthy Muslims who are considering leaving the USA and starting a new life in Europe, you will be pleased to know that it has never been easier, quicker of cheaper to become an EU citizen than right now, and you can still maintain your US citizenship.
Citizenship by Investment (CBI) is the increasingly popular and completely legal system of gaining the citizenship of a country other than one’s own by virtue of a financial investment to that country, normally in the form of a real estate purchase or a charitable donation. European Union countries that offer CBI programs include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Hungary and Malta. If you have no criminal record and the necessary funds, gaining citizenship and a passport to any of these countries is just a question of making the necessary investment, and in some cases passing a small period of residence in that country. After that, you citizenship and passport will be delivered to you within three months to a year, depending on the country.
The beauty of EU citizenship is that no matter which CBI program you choose, as an EU passport holder you will be free to live and work in any European Union country indefinitely. That means even if you enroll in one of the cheaper CBI programs like that of Hungary – which is excellent value at just $75,000 and delivers you passport in just three months – as a Hungarian passport holder you will still be eligible to live and work in one of Europe’s major nations like Germany or France or even the UK (for now!) for as long as you choose, with the exact same rights as individuals born to those countries.
If you are a wealthy US-based Muslim who is concerned about your and your family’s future, it might be time to consider obtaining second citizenship and a new passport through a CBI program.
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