FIJI EMPLOYERS BACK DUAL CITIZENSHIP FOR WORKERS

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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 3) - The Fiji Employers Federation supports moves by the military to allow dual citizenship to reverse the steady loss of skilled workers to other countries.

Chief executive Ken Roberts said Fiji should encourage skilled workers from overseas as it would benefit the country.

He said they would bring in business, jobs and would be good for investment.

He said there should be some sort of arrangement that skilled workers from Fiji who are overseas be granted permanent residency in Fiji without losing their passport.

Roberts said there were incomplete data to verify the number of skilled people who had left since the first coup.

Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama signaled the biggest shake-up in citizenship laws since independence in 1970.

For the past 36 years, anyone who holds Fiji citizenship is barred from being a citizen of another country.

Those who take citizenship abroad are legally obliged to surrender their Fiji passport.

The Commodore said he was in favor of allowing dual citizenship to reverse the country's brain drain and lure back many skilled people who have migrated.

"I've been told it will be a good idea and I think it's a good idea," he said.

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