I observed Austria’s national holiday today by leaving the country — for a few days, at least.
Austria probably prefers it that way: Earlier this week I made my annual pilgrimage to the Ministry of Making Life More Complicated For Foreigners (aka the bureau for residence permits) where, after seventeen years of law-abiding, productive, legal residence, I now had to have my fingerprints taken. And pay one hundred euros for the privilege.

UPDATE: Apparently it’s going in that direction all over Europe. From the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees:

Pursuant to Council Regulations (EC) nos. 1030/2002 and 380/2008 all EU member states are required to introduce the electronic residence permit. The aim is to standardise EU residence permits for third-country nationals and, by using biometric data, to strengthen the link between document and document holder, thereby preventing abuse.

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4 Responses to Nationalfeiertag

  1. ellroon says:

    They’re still not sure about you and your foreign ways….

  2. Paschberg says:

    I must say, as an Austrian I am ashamed about that. I wonder, when they will claim ones DNA pattern to be stored also in passports…..

  3. Carlisle says:

    A bit off topic, but no need for Austrians to be ashamed of Austria – check out the graphic.

  4. Marcellina says:

    Carlisle: yep, that graphic says a lot. And you know what is a real wake-up call? When someone complains about something here, and I respond with how good it is here, actually, in comparison to America, and the reaction is “Well, sure, you’re talking about the US!” as if it were the same as, I don’t know, Mozambique, and that there is no comparison. The first world is moving on quickly without us, fingerprinting or no.

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