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Lao officials reaffirm their
government’s policy to welcome and solicit overseas Laotians to go back and
help develop the country, adding that they are also ready to grant Lao
citizenship to those who renounce their current nationality.
During an interview with VOA Bangkok stringer, Laos’ Ambassador to Thailand Ouane Phommachack confirmed that his government
has had a policy to welcome Laotians from overseas to help develop the country for
over 30 years, but it had not been publicly acknowledged until now.
Neverthless, the pursuance of this policy
continually has resulted in the flow of overseas Laotians returning to Laos for different purposes, including going back to visit relatives, to invest, and to help the Lao
government in various capacities as well as to live there permanently. However,
those who wish to regain their Lao nationality, they must renounce their current citizenship, because Lao laws stipulate that all Lao
nationals cannot hold dual nationality.
According to Ambassador Phommachack, regardless of his/her nationality and objectives, every overseas
Laotian who wishes to return to Laos will receive support from his
government as long as his/her activities in Laos conform with Laos’ laws
At the seventh
session of the Lao National Assembly's Sixth Legislature last
month, a new draft law proposed by the Lao
Front for National Construction was adopted to encourage overseas Laotians who
want to return home to take part in the national development.
The enactment of this legislation, aimed at galvanizing unity and reconciliation among Lao people from all walks
of life, both in and out of the country, and in particular to mobilize
contributions of overseas Laotians to the national
building and development, is necessary to respond to the rapidly-changing
Upon officially taking effect,
the new law would authorize the Lao Front for National Construction to
take a key role in considering granting nationality to overseas Laotians who
want to return home permanently.
Vientiane's latest attempt to woo
overseas Laotians back home follows a successful model employed by its
Vietnamese ally in encouraging overseas Vietnamese or Vietnamese diasporas to
go back and help contribute to the national development.
Songrit Pongern reported in Lao from Bangkok on
August 26, 2009. (English translation by Buasawan Simmala.)