Liberia: The Senate’s Proposed Bill On Dual Citizenship: A Step-In Right Direction

Published: 11/Oct/2019
Source: Front Page Africa (Monrovia)

By Fidel Budy

As a researcher who has spent the last three years of my life researching in my native Liberia, my view, as a diaspora Liberia is different to those of my colleagues speaking in the Front-Page Africa on 8 October 2019. I believe that the Senate must be applauded for taking steps to compromise for the benefit of diaspora Liberians. There has been no independent report which suggests dual citizenship legislations encourages diaspora Liberians to drop whatever they are doing in foreign countries and return to Liberia to contribute. Neither is there any evidence that where dual citizenship has been offered in countries like Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Ghana or Nigeria, that it marked a sharp influx of educated diaspora groups of those countries’ citizens to return home and take up employment to support national development. Clearly, the effort by the Senate, is one of great sacrifice to apiece diaspora Liberians.

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Themes: Double Nationalité
Regions: Libéria
Year: 2019