Reality or pretense? Renouncing nationality and organized hypocrisy of the sovereignty of Taiwan

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Abstract

Adopting Krasner’s thesis of organized hypocrisy, this research examined the institution of sovereignty in regard to the naturalization of migrant spouses in Taiwan. Using migrant spouses as a case study, this article argues that the hypocrisy of Taiwan’s sovereignty lies in demanding migrants to renounce their native nationality or cancel their household registration. This demand not only fails to prevent statelessness but also prompts the origin state to recognize or reject Taiwan’s sovereignty. The interactions between Taiwan and the origin states of migrant spouses from Japan, Vietnam and China underline the hypocrisy of Taiwan’s sovereignty. The more Taiwan insists on migrant spouses renouncing their original nationality, the more this destabilizes Taiwan’s sovereignty because of its lack of international recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-458
Number of pages23
JournalAsian and Pacific Migration Journal
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • sovereignty
  • Taiwan
  • household registration
  • statelessness
  • nationality
  • organized hypocrisy

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