BELGRADE – The Free Republic of Liberland, a sovereign state created on no-man’s land between Croatia and Serbia, continues to grow with people from all over the world sending in their applications to become citizens, Vit Jedlicka, the president of Liberland, told Radio Sputnik.
Liberland has already received over 380,000 citizenship applications, out of which at least 70,000 people are “very serious” about moving to the new-born nation, Jedlicka said.
Among applicants there are 20,000 Syrians, whom the media immediately described as “refugees,” but Jedlicka disagreed, stating that those Syrians were probably not refugees, because one needs to fill in a pretty complicated application form online and refugees, after their long trek to Europe, most likely had no opportunities to apply.
Jedlicka stressed that everyone, regardless of nationality, is welcome to come and live in Liberland. One needs to pay a $10,000 fee to obtain a Liberland passport; but if people can’t pay the sum up front, they can work or do community service to work off the cost of their citizenship, instead of paying the money.
Although the international community has not recognized Liberland as a state, the country has already adopted a flag, a coat of arms and has large social media followings on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The President is also optimistic, saying that soon Liberland will become a full member of the international community.
“I was invited to Switzerland to speak with the members of parliament, I think Switzerland could be one of the first countries to recognize Liberland,” Jedlicka told Radio Sputnik.
Jedlicka officially created Liberland on April 13, 2015, after finding an area along the west bank of the Danube Rover that wasn’t claimed by any country. The area of Liberland is approximately 7 km² making it the third smallest sovereign state, after the Vatican and Monaco. The motto of Liberland is “To live and let live,” as Liberland prides itself on the personal and economic freedom provided for its citizens.