Central Agency Refuses Naturalizing Suggestion

Stateless Arab, known as bidoon, take part in a protest to demand citizenship and other basic rights in Jahra, 50 kms (31 miles) northwest of Kuwait City, on November 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Kuwait Times has reported that ‘Central Agency for Illegal Residents’, which is supposedly responsible of Bedoon issues, did not like the idea to naturalize 5,000 this year as proposed by lawmakers. The agency, which two months ago talked about naturalizing over 30,000 Bedoon, said that it is capable of naturalizing 500 this year, instead. Kuwait Times wrote the following piece: The Central Agency for Illegal Residents is not enthusiastic about a proposal to naturalize 5,000 stateless residents within the next year, as proposed by Kuwaiti lawmakers recently. “Such a proposal does not fall in line with the agency’s efforts to resolve the problem of stateless residents, which focus on identifying individuals who meet conditions of naturalization while leaving the opportunity open for those who do not meet naturalization conditions to legalize their status”, said sources with knowledge of the agency’s thinking. The sources said the agency is capable of announcing 500 candidates for naturalization within a year. A law passed by Parliament could put the agency under pressure, especially when dealing with stateless residents it can prove do not meet conditions for naturalization.

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