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Title: Caught between two worlds: Mainland Chinese return migration, hukou considerations and the citizenship dilemma
Keywords: Citizenship
Claiming citizenship
Right to stay/right to return
Issue Date: Oct-2011
Citation: HO LYNN EE,ELAINE (2011-10). Caught between two worlds: Mainland Chinese return migration, hukou considerations and the citizenship dilemma. Citizenship Studies 15 (6-7) : 643-658. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Issues about migrant rights and protection are raised in cases of return migration when the country that migrants return to prohibits dual citizenship although the migrant has naturalised elsewhere. This article explores the politics of membership and rights faced by former citizens returning to reside in the society they had left. Returning Mainland Chinese migrants with Canadian citizenship status have to navigate China's dual citizenship restriction and the impacts on their Chinese hukou status that confers residency, employment and social rights. This analysis also keeps in view their relationship with the country in which they have naturalised and left, namely Canada. Migrants shuttling between the two countries face a citizenship dilemma as they have limited rights in China whereas their status as Canadian citizens living abroad simultaneously removes them from some rights provided by the Canadian state. This paper thus introduces new and pressing questions about citizenship in the light of return migration trends. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Source Title: Citizenship Studies
ISSN: 13621025
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