[TimorLesteStudies] Portuguese nationality for Timorese

Andre Borgerhoff ABOtoday at web.de
Sat Jan 10 00:00:19 EST 2009

Dear colleagues,

I was wondering if any of you could help me with information on Portuguese
nationality in Timor-Leste.

I know that Timorese born in the territory before 1975 can access Portuguese
citizenship, and have made wide use of that opportunity during the

However, what about the post-1975 generation, and current young folks in
particular? During my 2005 visit to TL, I heard from many young people they
wanted to apply for Portugese nationality, however, telling me it had gotten
"more difficult" to get the passport.

Are there any reports or official documents with precise figures and
analysis on this issue?

Thanks so much for any response,

kind regards

Andre Borgerhoff

New Publication:
Andre Borgerhoff and Manuel Schmitz (eds.). Osttimor am Scheideweg: Chaos
oder Neuanfang? [Timor-Leste at the Crossroads: Chaos or a New Beginning?]
Focus Asien 31. Essen: Asienhaus, 2008.

Andre Borgerhoff, M.A.

Ph.D. student
Political Science Dept., University of Münster

German Timor-Leste Society

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