Sri Lanka is going to start offer dual citizenship again, for people of Sri Lanka descent (ie, those who migrated or their kids). Which is good. Still not an actual immigration policy, but getting, well getting back to the status quo. I got dual citizenship years ago.
Sri Lanka wants to be successful like Singapore, but we have no immigration policy. It doesn’t work like that. If you want to be the best you have to attract and retain the best talent. Every successful modern country has a policy to allow for immigration and Sri Lanka needs to get in that line.
At the least, as I’ve said, spouses of Sri Lankans need to be able to get citizenship or permanent residency, if we respect the institution of marriage and stability of family at all.
Sub-least, we need dual-citizenship for people like me who, incidentally, still have to pay over 2 lakhs for the privilege, despite the fact that I’ve paid that many times over in tax since, plus I actually care about the country and try to contribute.
To really be successful, though, we need to be a place where, say, an Australian engineer can come for a contract, like it, fall in love and decide to bring his business here because he can have a stable and secure future. Because he can be a citizen, have the same rights as everybody else, and not be potentially separated from his children. If we want world-class companies and universities, people that come need some potential conduit to apply their talents and energies here. Right now Sri Lanka just says no. All that matters is where you or your parents were born.
If we want to be the wonder of Asia we can’t be a genetically sealed zoo and, indeed, we never have been. Sri Lanka is an island built on immigration (from the Sinhalese to the Burghers) and to freeze that process at a random point is nonsensical. Have a process for sure, but at least have a policy. Dual Citizenship is a start, but Sri Lanka urgently needs a real immigration policy.