Lao Government Urged Expatriates To Come Back Home

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)


14 thoughts on “Lao Government Urged Expatriates To Come Back Home

  1. Nye

    I’m curious to know how many would actually go back to live. I think for some this is not a bad thing, I’d be happy living there and I’m sure I can find something productive to do but my family wouldn’t move back with me.

  2. seeharhed Post author

    Nye – I was wondering about the same thing, I’m sure Laos is keeping track of the total number. It is not that bad of an idea, if you’re somewhat healthy. My main concern is the availability of health care.

  3. Cambree

    Glad to hear your cousins are enjoying their stay in Laos.

    With the state of things in the U.S., I’ve heard more young people are moving back home to their mother country (like India and China). There probably are many young Lao moving back too. I would be nice to hear about their experiences.

    1. seeharhed Post author

      Cambree – I think the number of young laotians moving back to Laos is still low. Majority of the folks that are moving to retired in Laos. It is much easier transition for those folks, I think. When you’re used to the freedom here in U.S. and go back to a place where you have to careful of what you say.

  4. Dallas

    I think language barrier would be problem for Lao if they want to move back to start business. Some have left Laos for 30+ years. They came with their parents when they are 3-8 years old. Some were born outside of Laos. These are the demography they would want to energize the economy but what they going to get are the old people going back to retire.
    I would rather stay here because medical facility and my SS (if there is anything left). It is not much but would be a good supplement.

    1. seeharhed Post author

      Dallas – I think so, I think majority of them would have that language barrier problems. As for me, I think I’ll be okay, but adjusting to their pace of work is another thing.

      1. Sbon

        To all of u who doubt to live in Lao, it should be OK. don’t worry about it. People are getting smarter as we grow, learn to live & adapt a new life style. As long as you don’t live on BigMac every day u r OK. Me? oh hell yes I’ll go back, Im still young & my family too. We feel happier in our motherland. Ovrhere, the harder we work, the more we owe. The longer we live in this country, the more fuck up the system is. 4 x-sample, on your cell phone,when you make the call, you pay, & when you receive the call, you also pay. Contrary, in EU, and ASIA you only pay when you make the call period.

        Your buddy in Minneapolis, MN

  5. seeharhed Post author

    Sbon – First of all, thanks for stopping by and leave the comment. I just read something this morning that Lao Government will grant a visa to Laotians living aboard up to 9 months. That’s a great news and it is moving toward the right direction.

    Living situations and foods in Laos will not be a problem with me, I’m just worry about the health care. I love to be living in Laos, when the situation is right then I will make the moves.

  6. donnie

    Well honestly.going back home would be a good thing but having no house down there is a little’s best if every lao people from everywhere leaving on the same time.we already know how to speak & write Enlgsih prettywell.why not go back home and help our people rebuilt the
    country and bring better economic to our country.
    it’s better we run the country than letting those wrinkle skin corrupted politician run it.Coming on
    people seriously.Do you honestly think that our politcican over there have a better education than
    us over here?Most of us here may or may not have
    goes to college but i say we still have a decent education and better knowledge then those wrinkle skin.

  7. donnie

    sai bai dee you are kidding?the government want us back home where we came from?I could understand why.they finally open their eyes wide and started cleaning those wax out of their ear.That’s to let you know they can’t do jack without brain over here.

    1. seeharhed Post author

      Sabaidee donnie, first of all.. thanks for stopping by. They finally realized that they need as much help as possible and for the better of the people. Therefore, they had no choice but try this open doors policy and I’m not if it is even working.

  8. banny

    I want to go back to my home land for long,i alway wish that our country like Thailand so we can go back home and help our peoples to have a better life.I beleive with all of my heart if laos govern allow us to help our country a lot peoples want to go back to they home land and to help our peoples.Help them to have a better life and have good school for childrend and have good DR and good Nurse so we don’t have to worrier health care no more.

    1. seeharhed Post author

      Sabaidee Banny,

      I totally agree with you and our motherland needs all the help she can get. Even though Laos has improved tremendous in the past 5 or 6 years, but still lack of many things that most big city needs.
      Thanks for stopping by and left the comments.


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