Dutch families, like this one, who stayed on in post-colonial Indonesia, discovered how rights they thought had been guaranteed them could be snatched away, forcing them to leave their homes and businesses and start a new life elsewhere. Photo: James Burke/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Jason Wordie
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Colonial stayers-on in Hong Kong: will permanent residency always be theirs? History suggests not

Residency status in post-colonial societies is never set in stone; a new sovereign power will always insist on the right to change its mind for reasons of political or economic expediency

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Dutch families, like this one, who stayed on in post-colonial Indonesia, discovered how rights they thought had been guaranteed them could be snatched away, forcing them to leave their homes and businesses and start a new life elsewhere. Photo: James Burke/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
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