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Editors' pick: Originally published July 21.

Maybe you hear it daily: "If Candidate X wins, I'm outta here." Sometimes it's a Trump hater, sometimes a Clinton antagonist but, either way, a lot of Americans are so distressed with possible electoral outcomes they are threatening to expatriate in search of a safer harbor.

Word of advice: it's possible. It can even be done on the cheap. But it won't always be easy.

It especially isn't easy, because, for many Americans, their preferred escape is to the European Union, where good jobs are plentiful. The downside: in much of the EU, said multiple experts, it is comparatively tough to gain citizenship.

Another wrinkle is the United Kingdom's recent Brexit vote to leave the EU, probably within two years. That's because London was where many expatriate Americans in search of high paying work hoped to land, and post-Brexit, it no longer is a safe bet that any EU passport will win the holder the right to work in London.

Note: that's the perk of an EU passport. Hold one from the most obscure member and that gives the holder the right to live in any EU country - meaning Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, you know, some of the planet's dreamiest cities.

In that regard - and this applies only to high rollers - many had looked to buy a passport from EU members Cyprus and Malta.

Buying? You bet. Money talks, and at least those two full-fledged EU members sell their papers to the well-heeled. Malta, for instance, wants citizenship applicants to contribute 650,000 euros to the country; spend 350,000 euros on property (or sign a hefty rental agreement); and invest 150,000 Euros in bonds and shares approved by Malta. That adds up to big bucks, yes, over $1.3 million, but the dividend is a passport with full EU privileges.

Even so, many who have taken that route did it to crack into London and that possibility, post Brexit, is no longer guaranteed. So the search is on for other options.

You want a cheaper route anyway? Understood and know that there are possibilities. 

Pick the right target country, though, is advice from Aaron Lukken, a Kansas City, Mo. attorney who has worked with many clients seeking foreign citizenship. He elaborated: "Some [countries] are a piece of cake; others are extraordinarily difficult and costly. In many cases, it's not even worth a shot."

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Among the European Union's 28 member nations, maybe as many as 20 are tough sledding for citizenship applicants. That is not to say it is impossible to win Swedish or Portuguese or British citizenship, just that the road is filled with potholes.

Where to look instead? Lukken pointed to three EU countries where, he said, it is "a little easier" to gain citizenship. He enumerated them: Poland, Ireland, Italy. The key with all three is demonstrating pertinent ancestry.

With Ireland, for instance, have one parent or grandparent who was born anywhere on the island (including the six northern counties that are part of the United Kingdom), and it is a matter of filling out some paperwork, providing appropriate birth certificates and paying small fees (231 Euros to the Irish government, around $255. Throw in an Irish Passport, and that's another $88. Acquiring copies of birth certificates will cost under $100. Total: under $500).

39.6 million Americans have Irish ancestry, by the way. Not all will qualify for Irish citizenship, but many do.

Even if you qualify, don't expect a quick embrace by Ireland. Kevin Ryan, a Southern California-based marketer, said about his successful application for an Irish passport: "The process itself was cumbersome and at times near impossible."  

Italy's citizenship by descent program is similar to Ireland's with two wrinkles. It has a lot more complexity (it's harder to tell at a glance who qualifies and who doesn't), and there also is no limit on the number of generations the applicant may be removed from the ancestor born in Italy.

As with Ireland, applicants need to provide a lot of paperwork - birth certificates, marriage licenses and more. But getting the paperwork usually is a matter of filling out more forms and paying a few dollars here and there.

Poland resembles Italy in how it decides to award citizenship by descent, and it usually is said to be fairly generous in its assessment of ancestry claims. A parent who was born in Poland is good enough. Ditto for having one grandparent. The process, though, is said to be tedious; expect a year or two of back and forth with the government.

For what it's worth, immediately after the Brexit vote, British inquiries about Polish citizenship soared some 10,000%, according to the Polish embassy in London.

Is all this hassle worth it? That really is your call. Even without the U.K., the EU is an immense area with lots of attractive places to call home. Is any of it better than the U.S. with Clinton or Trump as president? Only you can decide.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held TK positions in the stocks mentioned.