Does anybody know how I can move to Austria(or Germany or Switzerland)

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    May 28, 2012 6:45 PM GMT
    I have American,Croatian and Bosnian citizenship.
    The reasons I really wish I could move to Austria are

    - I was born in Bosnia and I really miss it. However it's really homophobic and politically and economically messed up...Austria is the closest civilized country to Bosnia.
    - I have a lot of family in Vienna. I lived in Vienna for a year when I was a boy as a refugee. Vienna would be great.
    - The Austrian landscape is amazing. What I miss about Bosnia are it's alps. I'm pretty sure Austria would make me feel at home.
    - I love the German language....sounds corny but I really do.

    Now comes the hard part....how do I move there? Can gays move there by marrying an Austrian citizen? I also put Germany or Switzerland in case they have some kind of easier way for me to move there.

    Another possibility is that I will be able to move there once Croatia enters the EU. Supposedly 2014.
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    May 28, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    Why not consider Croatia or Slovenia since they are culturally similar to Bosnia? At least in Croatia you can continue speaking your native language. I guess if you move to Slovenia you'd have to learn Slovenian, but at least most Slovenes still understand Croatian-Serbian-Bosnian-Montenegrin.

    As far as I know, both countries are less homophobic and have bounced back from the Yugoslav turmoil pretty quickly compared to Bosnia.
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    May 28, 2012 7:05 PM GMT
    Can't your family in Austria answer these questions?
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    May 28, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidWhy not consider Croatia or Slovenia since they are culturally similar to Bosnia? At least in Croatia you can continue speaking your native language. I guess if you move to Slovenia you'd have to learn Slovenian, but at least most Slovenes still understand Croatian-Serbian-Bosnian-Montenegrin.

    As far as I know, both countries are less homophobic and have bounced back from the Yugoslav turmoil pretty quickly compared to Bosnia.


    I only have one aunt in Croatia...and nobody in Slovenia. And trust me...Croatia is still homophobic. They just had no other choice but to create some human rights laws...because they are trying to enter the EU.
    Although people in Zagreb seem a lot more accepting than the rest of Croatia. Slovenian is barely a different language...very similar.
    I like German way more though...it's cooler than SerboCroatian.

    I'd rather be in Vienna traveling through Austria and Switzerland...taking the occasional flight to Sarajevo.

    But thanks for the suggestions, hun.
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    May 28, 2012 10:20 PM GMT
    Caslon19000 saidCan't your family in Austria answer these questions?


    I have a bunch of uncles, aunts, and younger cousins I haven't seen in years. My parents talk to them on the phone....and my dad likes to ignore the fact I'm gay. So asking them would just get him to say ridiculously stupid things.

    Although I will see my younger cousins this summer....but that's still a month away.
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    Jun 01, 2012 10:44 AM GMT
    Hey,

    Croatia will join the European Union on 1 July, 2013. So in just over 1 year's time. You will then be able to live and work with your Croatian passport in any EU country, including Austria and Germany, as if you were a citizen of those countries.

    However, this will depend on whether Austria and Germany, or other EU countries, impose any sort of restrictions for a number of years on Croatian citizens. This happened when Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland etc joined in 2004 - they weren't allowed free access to the labour markets in some EU countries until 2007 or something like that. Also, Romania and Bulgaria citizens, who joined the EU in 2007, can't work in the UK and Ireland unless they are self-employed.

    You should wait and see what, if any, restriction are imposed, but it looks like your best bet will be your Croatian passport in 2013. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 01, 2012 10:51 AM GMT
    whatever562 saidHey,

    Croatia will join the European Union on 1 July, 2013. So in just over 1 year's time. You will then be able to live and work with your Croatian passport in any EU country, including Austria and Germany, as if you were a citizen of those countries.

    However, this will depend on whether Austria and Germany, or other EU countries, impose any sort of restrictions for a number of years on Croatian citizens. This happened when Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland etc joined in 2004 - they weren't allowed free access to the labour markets in some EU countries until 2007 or something like that. Also, Romania and Bulgaria citizens, who joined the EU in 2007, can't work in the UK and Ireland unless they are self-employed.

    You should wait and see what, if any, restriction are imposed, but it looks like your best bet will be your Croatian passport in 2013. icon_smile.gif



    Exactly, just wait... You will be able to live and work in any european country as soon as Croatia will join us. How easy it is! They other way around is way more difficult, living and workig in the US is so difficult with all the visa matter.

    Anyway, welcome in EU!
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    Jun 02, 2012 12:48 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies guys!

    Yeah I guess my best bet is to wait until Croatia joins the EU.
    And hopefully there will be no lengthy restrictions...especially by the Germans we are supposed to be best friends. icon_smile.gif