Meaning of right of abode in English:

right of abode



mass nounmainly British
  • A person's right to take up residence or remain resident in a country.

    ‘All that is needed to apply for a residence permit or right of abode is an identity card or passport and proof of being one of the persons covered by the Directive.’
    • ‘The Immigration Act 1971 introduced the two concepts of the right of abode and patriality.’
    • ‘In January 1999 the Court of Final Appeal awarded right of abode to illegitimate children of Hong Kong residents and children born before one of their parents became a permanent resident of Hong Kong.’
    • ‘Under the Act those qualifying for right of abode under the 1968 and 1971 Immigration Acts - so-called patrials - became British Citizens.’
    • ‘According to the Home Office, under the 1971 Act, right of abode in the UK ‘means that you are entirely free from United Kingdom immigration control.’’
    • ‘The boy's family argued he has right of abode in Hong Kong based on a Basic Law provision that confers permanent residency on Chinese citizens born in Hong Kong.’
    • ‘Compared with Chinese spouses, other foreign spouses must usually wait six months to obtain right of abode in Taiwan and four to eight years to get identification cards, the Ministry of Interior said.’
    • ‘All those who are in this Act expressed to have the right of abode in the United Kingdom shall be free to live in, and come and go into and from, the United Kingdom without let or hindrance’
    • ‘According to Legislative Council Ordinance, all candidates in the geographical constituencies should be Chinese citizens and should not have right of abode in other countries.’
    • ‘It also distorts considerations of political asylum, as people with no real fear of persecution claim right of abode.’
    • ‘They can have the effect of conferring upon the child a right of abode which makes it immune from removal.’
    • ‘What function do borders have in a global democracy, and what entitles people to a right of abode?’
    • ‘Other local organizations planning to demonstrate during the global conference include the environmentalist group Greenpeace and a group campaigning for the right of abode in Hong Kong for mainland Chinese.’
    • ‘She has to be separated from her mother for a week every month because her mother does not have the right of abode in Hong Kong and has to return to Shenzhen constantly to obtain a two-way permit before she can come back to the SAR.’
    • ‘Separately, protesters lobbying for the right of abode for Chinese migrants in Hong Kong staged a sit-in outside an immigration office a few blocks away from the convention center.’
    • ‘Successful applicants can bring in their dependents, and they may apply for the right of abode in Hong Kong after seven years of continuous stay, government officials said.’
    • ‘Zheng, from Guangdong Province in southern China, said he has been fighting for the right of abode in Hong Kong since arriving in the territory two years ago.’
    • ‘How, for instance, can anyone forget the the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal's revised decision on the right of abode for children born on the mainland?’
    • ‘Another group of about 1,000 protesters said they were fighting for the right of abode for their mainland relatives.’
    • ‘The swoop is the toughest ever taken by the authorities against Chinese mainlanders who claim to have the right of abode in the territory.’