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Internnational Expatriate Movement – I.E.M.

1. What is an expatriate? A person living outside of their country of origin. Very often an expatriate has dual citizenship between the two countries.

2. What is the difference between an expatriate and an immigrant?
An expatriate is an immigrant that diligently maintains legal and political status with their country of origin.

3. What are the benefits to being an expatriate? Full legal protection from country of origin, eligible for business and financial assistance from country of origin. An expatriate is considered an asset to the country of origin within the host country,
hence the support.

4. Does becoming an expatriate entitle one to dual citizenship? Yes, but it is not automatic, which is why the IEM is in the process of establishing relationships with countries that will offer dual citizenship.

5. Do I have to give up my american citizenship if I want to become an expatriate? No. Nor do we encourage anyone to do that.

International Expatriate Movement

1. How does the IEM intend to be international? Our initial focus will be in the USA, but in the years to come the IEM will have offices set up in Europe, Africa, and North/South/Central America, in order to serve Africans in the diaspora.

2. Are the services of the IEM open to all people? No. Only those of African descent who were victims of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

3. What is the process to receive services from IEM? Become a member of the UNIA-ACL, obtain a DNA and/or genealogy profile, participate in the nationalization/naturalization (N/N) process to become a citizen of UNIA-ACL.

4. How long will it take to obtain dual citizenship? Upon completion of the N/N process (which may take several weeks) you will become a dual citizen between USA and UNIA-ACL; thereafter applications will be made with countries in Africa with whom we will have developed relationships. Timeframes will vary.

5. How will other countries recognize UNIA-ACL in the IEM process? By establishing diplomatic relations and business agreements.

6. Are there any legal problems one could face by joining IEM? No. There are no legal consequences for joining IEM.

7. What do I get for joining IEM? Citizenship within your own government – UNIA-ACL and being at the vanguard of the UNIA-ACL’s diplomatic process. Furthermore, members of the IEM will be well placed to take advantage of business opportunities and political opportunities that will arise from the work being done to establish our government.

8. Are there any fees involved with joining? Yes. The naturalization processing fees will be $150 for UNIA-ACL members in good standing. Additional fees will be required for those obtaining either a DNA test and/or genealogy record.

Government of the UNIA-ACL

1. How did the UNIA-ACL become a government? At the UNIA-ACL 1920 Convention there was a plebiscite of 20,000 Africans that declared their independence, based on their right to self-determination and the recognition that no other government at the time existed to protect the interest of African people. At the time the government was officially recognized by the governments of Cuba, Costa Rica, and Belize who accepted Marcus Garvey as the Provisional President of Africa. Furthermore, Ambassadors from the UNIA-ACL were also accepted by several countries
around the world.

2. Does the UNIA-ACL today meet the elements required to be called a government? Yes. The UNIA-ACL still has a functional Constitution, the Red, Black, and Green flag still waves, and there is still a Parent Body functioning as government officials. The UNIA-ACL still has recognition from other governments, and we have secured our claim on a 500 acre land base in Belize that will be established as a sovereign territory to be used as an anchor nation.

3. Which countries have given official government recognition to the UNIA-ACL? Today the government of the UNIA-ACL is recognized by Belize and Benin, and we have outstanding invitations from other countries to pursue official recognition and diplomatic relationships.

4. Where is the current capital or headquarters of the government? Philadelphia, PA, usa

5. Are there currently any citizens of the UNIA-ACL nation? A formal nationalization and naturalization was launched in 2009 through the International Expatriate Movement. We have had three citizenship inductions to date with the fourth coming in December 2012.

6. Who can become a citizen of the UNIA-ACL nation? Anyone of African descent that completes the naturalization process.

7. What is the official name of the UNIA-ACL nation? Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League.

8. Can a person have dual citizenship while a citizen of the UNIA-ACL nation? Yes, and this will be heavily encouraged.

9. Does a UNIA-ACL citizen get a passport? Not automatically. We hope to be able to begin issuing passports to applicants between August 2010 and August 2011.

10. Does the UNIA-ACL have a military? No, but we strongly believe in self-defense and we will have security forces in place.

11. What is the official national currency? For the time being, we will be using the currency of the countries in which we operate.

12. How is the governing body of the UNIA-ACL currently structured? We have a President-General, Parent Body, and Executive Council.

13. What benefits are citizens of UNIA-ACL entitled to? The opportunity to extend that citizenship with countries from the motherland. The right to pursue self-determination under a government that is designed to protect the rights/interests of African people. Citizens will also be entitled to the same rights and protection afforded citizens of any other country.

Mission Statement

The Purpose of the International Expatriate Movement is to provide assistance in the healing process among those of African descent throughout the world who seek to reclaim their citizenship heritage from the Countries of the African Continent.

We believe this healing will be expedited when there is a legal and factual basis for reunification. So on behalf of these descendants of Africa the International Expatriate Movement will pursue dual citizenship rights, land grants, monetary assistance, and business interests. In exchange the I.E.M. will focus on how these descendants will assist in African Redemption by providing such things as human, technical, and scientific resources to cooperative Countries in Africa.


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“I asked, ''Where is the Blackman’s Government? Where is his King and his Kingdom? Where is his President, his Country and his Ambassador, his Army, his Navy, his Men of Big Affairs?’ I could not find them… I declared, I will help to make them".