New forms of quasi-citizenship: the case of Suriname

In recent years, migrant-sending countries around the world have become increasingly active in promoting the return of (highly-skilled) migrants. Several sending countries have opened up the possibility of dual nationality or introduced new forms of quasi-citizenship to meet the desire of the migrants to circulate between countries. This research project investigates the emergence of new modes of citizenship in three of the largest migrant-sending countries, China, India, and Turkey, as well as Suriname.

In this presentation, Ngo Chun Luk will also be elaborating on the quasi-citizenship scheme of Suriname. In 2014, Suriname adopted the so-called PSA status (Persoon van Surinaamse Afkomst). As the beneficiaries of this PSA status, persons of Surinamese origin are entitled to a number of rights, including visa-free travel to Suriname. The presentation will explore the PSA in detail, including the persons eligible for the status, how this status is acquired and lost, as well as the rights and duties attached to this status.

By Ngo Chun Luk, LL.M

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