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Citizenship

Citizenship

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Citizenship derives from the Latin word for city, because in the earlier days of human governments, people identified themselves as belonging to cities more than countries. Yet, citizenship is more than merely living somewhere.

What does it mean being a citizen?

According to this dictionary, it’s a

“Person who is entitled to enjoy all the legal rights and privileges granted by a state to the people comprising its constituency, and is obligated to obey its laws and to fulfill his or duties as called upon.”

Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/citizen.html

What kind of duties are those? HIOC_real-estate_rights-and-duties_1

 

They can very from country to country, but the most common are the following:

  • Support and defend the country’s laws.
  • Participate in the democratic process.
  • Participate in your local community.
  • Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
  • Pay income and other taxes honestly.
  • Defend the country if the need should arise.

What about rights enjoyed by each citizen?

  • Freedom to express yourself.
  • Freedom to worship as you wish.
  • Right to a prompt, fair trial by jury.
  • Right to vote in elections for public officials.
  • Right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship.
  • Right to run for elected office.
  • Freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
  • etc.

 

 

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