Kuwait Revokes Citizenship of 17 for Obtaining Foreign Nationality

According to the local media reports from Dubai, seventeen Kuwaitis will have their nationality withdrawn for obtaining citizenship from other countries. This withdrawal of nationality of 17 more people will raise the total number of Kuwaitis who lost their nationality to 71 in less than two months.

The Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Acquiring Nationality Sheikh Thamer Al Ali has published two rulings to withdraw the nationality of 17 more Kuwaitis. The judgment was in cord with Articles 9 and 11 of the 1959 Kuwaiti citizenship law.

According to Article 9 of 1959 Kuwaiti citizenship law, if a Kuwaiti man weds a non-Kuwaiti woman and then the marriage terminates, the woman does not forfeit her nationality. She forfeits her nationality only if she recoups her actual citizenship or a new one.

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Whereas, Article 11 of 1959 Kuwaiti citizenship law states that Kuwaitis can forfeit their nationality if they obtain a new ethnicity willingly. In this case, the children and spouses do not forfeit their nationality except if they end up obtaining the ethnicity as well.

In the past two months, the Kuwaiti Supreme Committee for Nationality abolished the nationality of 54 residents. The majority of these 54 residents were females. These females attained nationalities of other countries and therefore Kuwait government revoked their nationality.


The issue of abolishing citizenship in Kuwait has been widely communicated nowadays. This is because throughout the years various well-known politicians, celebs and outspoken critics of the nation have been discarded from their citizenship. This makes it a very common topic of discussion not only in Kuwait but also all around the world.

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Considering these facts, the scenario on the other hand is completely different. On the other hand, there are roughly 100,000 Bidoon in Kuwait. The Bidoon are stateless people in Kuwait. The biggest community of stateless people in the Middle East can be found in Kuwait, where the mostly Bidoon are Shia Muslims. Because of this, the status of the community is contemplated a sectarian problem. These people do not have any form of nationality.


The Bidoon topic has also been a prominent issue for several years, as many politicians, activists and lawyers have yelled at the government, and parliament to legislate the 60-year old disaster. Many Bidoon is unemployed. The majority of their children are not in school and are not getting any kind of education due to economic restrictions. These visions reside in shack boroughs on the outskirts of the country. These shantytowns distance these people even more from society.

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