Diaspora status and citizenship rights: A comparative-legal analysis of the quasi-citizenship schemes of China, India and Suriname

Chun Luk

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisInternal


Some countries with a large number of diaspora have introduced a new status for their diaspora and their descendants. These “quasi-citizenship” statuses grant a number of rights and benefits which would not otherwise be available to foreigners. How do these “quasi-citizenship” statuses relate to nationality, and can they function as suitable “alternatives”? This dissertation examined the quasi-citizenship schemes of China, India and Suriname, looking specifically at the “citizenship rights” granted. The comparative analysis shows that there are many similarities in terms of entry and residence rights, labour rights. Similar are also the exclusion from electoral rights and access to public offices.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • de Groot, Gerard, Supervisor
  • Carrera Nùnez, S., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date14 Dec 2017
Place of PublicationOisterwijk
Print ISBNs978-94-6240-457-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • diaspora
  • citizenship rights
  • quasi-citizenship
  • China
  • India
  • Suriname

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