This is almost the same blog I wrote about a month or so ago. I guess Lao Government is trying to make it easy for those folks that wants to go back to live in Laos. They probably realized being stubborn will not advance the country as fast as they like. By allowing expatriates to go back and have the right to purchase land will hopefully help lure the people back.
Last week I received a call from my cousin that recently moved back to live in Laos. Her and her husband are very happy there so far. Til the fund is low… then I’ll ask them again.. hahahah
I don’t think the U.S. is buying into 2 citizenships at all. I’m sure they will have to file taxes each year otherwise Uncle Sam will not be too happy.
Lao expatriates urged to come home
It is the policy of the Lao government to welcome back native Lao who left their motherland during the Indochina War more than 30 years ago, Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh has said.
Speaking at a meeting in Vientiane on Thursday with representatives of Lao expatriates, Mr Bouasone said the government had formed a committee to help those who wished to return and live in the country of their birth.
“I have received a report from the committee that it is developing details of the policy. The government is giving its full consideration to the policy,” he told Lao expatriates from countries such as the United States France, Germany , Australia , Belgium , Canada and Japan .
The government invited representatives of Lao expatriates to attend the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane from December 9 to 18.
The event is considered to be a historical milestone, with Laos hosting the regional sporting event 50 years after joining the SEA Games Federation.
The government hopes the visiting expatriates can see for themselves how Laos has developed in recent decades.
Mr Bouasone said the government looked forward to the future instead of getting stuck in past history, which it could not change.
“A long time ago, Laos and its people were invaded. The great Lane Xang Kingdom was ruined and divided up in the form in which it exists today,” he said.
“The Indochina War, which ended in 1975, divided the Lao people. Many left Laos for other countries. This occurred in the past and is something that no one can change.”
“But the Lao government does not consider that history sets the standard for the future. We have become forward looking. Lao people wherever they are must join their hearts and minds to develop the country,” he said.
M r Bouasone urged Lao expatriates who had adopted the nationality of other countries to become good citizens of those countries. He urged them to study technology and use their knowledge to develop Laos , while teaching the younger generation about Lao culture so they could come back to Laos .
He said Lao expatriates could contact Lao embassies in foreign countries to obtain information about Laos .
The government is drawing up a Prime Minister’s decree on honorary citizenship, as many people believe this status would enable expatriates to return to Laos . People who hold honorary citizenship would have the same residency rights as Lao citizens but have no political rights. The Lao National Assembly recently approved a new Investment Law, which grants land use rights to foreigners, including Lao expatriates, who invest a large amount of money in Laos .
The policy aims to encourage foreigners to invest in Laos , to promote economic growth and create job and income opportunities.
Many Lao expatriates say they would like to return to Laos because they feel nowhere can be a better home. They continue to enjoy Lao food, dance and music. However, many of them are afraid of what took place in the past.
By Ekaphone Phouthonesy
(Latest Update December 21 , 2009)