Hong Kong dual citizenship
The ethical debate over dual passports has a keen relevance in China and especially Hong Kong, where 88 per cent of the 295, 000 Canadian citizens hold double citizenship.
Canada’s ex-ambassador to China has weighed in on the pros and cons of dual citizenship, often known as “passports of convenience, ” in a revealing interview with Ian Young of the South China Morning Post.
Here are a few excerpts from
…. “It is a great privilege to be a Canadian citizen, but there are basic responsibilities that go with that, ” said Mulroney, now a senior fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.
“There are basic aspects of citizenship, like residency in Canada, like paying taxes or voting, or participating in Canadian society in some way…You can interrupt that for a few years at a time, but for more than, say, five or six years when you are not doing that, then you are effectively making a choice.
…. Mulroney did not advocate the wholesale denial of diplomatic help to dual citizens abroad; instead he suggested that Canadians who have been non-residents for five years pay an annual fee to entitle them to consular services.
While the creation of second-class citizenship should be avoided “at the same time if you allow people to delink the privileges [of citizenship] from the responsibilities, then you devalue the importance of citizenship, ” Mulroney said. “You do some damage to the concept.”
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