Journal article

Degrees of Statelessness: Children of Returned Marriage Migrants in Can Tho, Vietnam

Susan Kneebone, Brandais York, Sayomi Ariyawansa

Statelessness & Citizenship Review | Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) | Published : 2019


In this article, we consider the issue of the status of children of international marriage migrants who are returned to Vietnam following a failed marriage in another country. We argue that many of these children can considered to be de facto stateless due to their lack of ‘effective nationality’ in Vietnam. While the children, ethnically, are ‘half Vietnamese’ their legal status is often precarious in Vietnam as many of them hold a foreign nationality. Although their situations vary, we argue that their cases fall on a spectrum of different degrees of statelessness. In many cases their lack of household registration — ho khau — has resulted in ‘ineffective nationality’, which we argue is de..

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