Together we can unite slovakia
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A United Slovak Family can only strengthen the power of our nation
One Slovak Family is an international initiative of Slovak professionals and NGOs from the Americas, Western Europe and beyond seeking to unite Slovakia.
One Slovak Family is an international movement that seeks to unite the Slovak diaspora abroad with the home country. Currently, the organization campaigns to alter the Slovak Citizenship law to allow descendants of Slovak migrants abroad to claim Slovak citizenship.
Since the turn of 20th century, approximately one third of the Slovak population emigrated abroad.
Our country is a nation that is used to losing its best and most talented people, a trend that has not curtailed in the 21st century. We aspire to help contribute to a strong and united Slovakia. One where our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, aunts and uncles can once again be united as one family. Slovakia can only benefit by united its population: we are ONE SLOVAK FAMILY.
What are the benefits?
Do we want to grow as a country (in the face of a declining birth rate, the Slovak population may decline by 30%)? As things stand, Slovakia must gain more citizens in order to even maintain its population, let alone to grow. The question is, why not extend Slovak citizenship to Slovak descendants first and in doing so unite our nation. When we grow in population size, we also grow in influence – gain more political sway in Visegrad, Brussels, Washington etc.
Meet the team
Dr Zuzana Palovic
Zuzana is the daughter of Slovak emigrants. Born behind the Iron Curtain, Dr Palovic’s family fled the communist regime as political refugees, finally becoming naturalized citizens in Canada. Dr Palovic went on to study at institutions in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, completing her PhD in Eastern European migration at the University of Surrey.
She is the founder of the non-governmental organization, Global Slovakia and author of The Great Return. A publication for which Dr Palovic travelled at the invitation of the -then Slovak President on a government delegation to New York and Chicago to present her work. A history of Slovakia is a history of migration, but Dr Palovic’s book explores how a 21st-century Slovakia is transforming, thanks to reverse migration, knowledge-transfer, and first-hand contact with the wider world.
Parviz Malakouti-Fitzgerald is an American-born immigration attorney of Slovak/European and Iranian heritage. After graduating from the University of California Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree at age 20, Parviz matriculated at the University of Miami School of Law, with a focus on international arbitration.
Parviz has several years’ experience working in civil litigation, as well as working in immigration. He is currently the principal of the Law Office of Parviz Malakouti, a boutique immigration law firm based in Los Angeles, California.
Besides working as an attorney-entrepreneur, Parviz is a passionate advocate for civil rights and enthusiastic adjunct Professor of immigration law to undergraduate students. He has been quoted for his immigration work and views on global lifestyle by Condé Nast Traveler and Reuters. In his spare time, he indulges in his obsessions which are international travel off-the-beaten path, discovering cultures and language learning. Parviz speaks English, French, Persian and Spanish fluently. He is currently learning Hungarian and Slovak.
Parviz is currently conducting research for his forthcoming book The Dreamer Playbook, planned or publication in July 2021.
Samuel Ďurovčík is a student at Masaryk University’s Faculty of Law in Brno, Czech Republic, specializing in Administrative and Citizenship Law. A native of Bratislava, his interest in emigration from Slovakia was sparked by the story of his great-grandfather who lived in New Jersey and naturalized in the United States back in 1925.
Professor Michael Kopanic
Professor Michael Kopanic is an Adjunct Professor of History and Course Coordinator of Modern European History at the University of Maryland Global Campus, formerly UMUC. A specialist on Slovak history, he has spent his academic career learning, teaching, and writing about history, culture, and the Slovak language.
He undertook his dissertation research in communist Czechoslovakia and lived there for nearly a year. He also has studied three summers at the Slovak language school at Comenius University in Bratislava, Studia Academica Slovaca.
His passion for Slovak culture flows from his love of history, combined with a desire to learn more about his ethnic roots. His Slovak mother emigrated from Czechoslovakia before World War II, and both his paternal grandparents also came from Spiš County prior to World War I. He grew up speaking only English, but hearing the Slovak Spiš dialect spoken by his parents and extended family sparked his interest to pursue Slovak studies. Today he is fluent in Slovak and spoke only in Slovak with his two daughters from the time of their births.
Dr. Kopanic writes a regular column in the First Catholic Slovak Union’s newspaper, Jednota and contributes to other fraternal publications. He has also written for the CzechoSlovak Genealogical Society International’s (CGSI) quarterly publication, Naše rodina, and serves on the Board of the CGSI and the Czech and Slovak School of Pittsburgh. He has published numerous articles online, in scholarly journals, books, and encyclopedias. He frequently posts translations online and extended Slovak vocabulary definitions on the Facebook site, “Učíme sa po slovensky” (We are learning Slovak). He is planning to publish a series of his articles on Slovak traditional customs in book form.
One may view a partial list of some of his publications at: https://umuc.academia.edu/MichaelKopanic
Martin Javor is a Slovak historian and associate professor of history at the University of Prešov. He is the Deputy Director of the Center of Excellence in Sociohistorical and Cultural-Historical Research of the Academy of Sciences in Prešov. Martin is also the director of the Museum of Emigration to North America – Kasigarda, also located in Eastern Slovakia.
In the field of scientific research, he deals with the history of emigration from Slovakia to North America. He is the author of several foreign and domestic monographs, scientific studies, as well as articles on the topic.
Come join us
Many in the Slovak diaspora are doctors, academics, businesspeople, lawyers and other professionals in the United States (&the world) that want to invest in Slovakia, both emotionally, financially and otherwise.
But, if Slovakia doesn’t offer this citizenship by descent, Slovak diaspora will drift towards Hungary. Today’s ethnic Slovak descendants can ALREADY Get citizenship through Hungary. Why not give members of the Slovak diaspora an opportunity to deepen their bonds with the country and make them ‘officially ours.’