Tuesday, 7 January 2014

#globalhub January 2014: "To England and to other things." Lawrence of Arabia

Your nationality can quickly become an issue when you live in another country. When you choose to live abroad, you might not be prepared to represent your country as that isn't your intention. But you might, by default, be asked to defend it.

People want to choose where they live in the world, but most countries aren't set up to support citizens

Migration think tanks are opening the dialogue between supranational bodies, nation states, and citizens to find ways for countries to protect their citizens while they live abroad. So far it is difficult to see how the old rules will work.

Whistler Blower or Traitor?

America is discussing how to deal with Edward Snowdon. Although he leaked national secrets, the government is contemplating a plea bargain so he won't have to live in exile.

The editor of The Guardian was asked to give evidence before a Parliamentary Committee in the UK and was asked if he considered himself a patriot. He seemed shocked to be asked this question, but the argument of the MP was if the information is classified for national security reasons, why would you publish it so that people who want to hurt us can get access to it?

Today's #globalhub is about patriotism.

Q1: Do you think expat is still a good term for people who live abroad? #globalhub

Q2: Have you ever been asked to explain the actions of your home country while abroad? #globalhub

Q3: Do you think your home country considers its citizens abroad to be important? #globalhub

Q4: Have you ever had to choose between two countries? #globalhub

Q5: Are you a de-facto ambassador for your nation? #globalhub

Q6: How important is a path to citizenship for foreign employees when you choose a global location? #globalhub