Tomás Quintero Passport Assignment

Stateless Travel Document for Jewish person seeking refuge in Japan
Stateless Travel Document for Jewish person seeking refuge in Japan––description of Statelessness.

The first thing that I have to point out about this document is that this is not a passport; instead, this is a travel document for someone who is considered stateless. This document would have been used by a Jewish person who fled Germany during the Holocaust and had their citizenship revoked and was seeking refuge elsewhere. In addition to the story that lies behind this travel document, I read the story of a woman from Kuwait who became stateless because of the fact that the government of Kuwait refused to provide services to people who belonged to the Bedouin tribe. This happened because of a regulation passed by the Kuwaiti government in 1986 which took away their basic rights. Something that Tintin told us was that citizenship is a membership, which comes with both rights and responsibilities. This made me see that by being a citizen of the United States, I hold the privilege of having the benefits of living in a global superpower, as well as hold some responsibilities as a citizen, which include respecting the laws and participating in my community. We also talked about how different countries have different ways of approaching citizenship and deciding on who can and cannot become a citizen. Like for me, I am considered a Colombian National since both of my parents are citizens. If I wanted to (which is the case), I can become a Colombian citizen without any problem by just going to the embassy and I can become a dual citizen. If someone wasn’t Colombian and wanted to become a citizen they would have to go through a simple process and they can eventually become one. However, this isn’t the case with all countries. With Liechtenstein for example, one can only become a citizen there through blood or live there for at least 30 years. If you’re married to a citizen and live in the country, the period is shortened to five years of marriage. It’s also possible to be voted in as a citizen by the Liechtenstein community after 10 years of residency. The one drawback is that one would have to give up their current citizenship. Through this experience, I have learned that there is a tremendous amount of privilege behind having a citizenship at all.

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