Invest in Egypt, become an Egyptian? Debating the nationality plan

Published: 6/Aug/2016
Source: Al Arabiya

By Sonia Farid

An Egyptian lawyer filed an urgent suit with the Administrative Court to halt parliamentary discussions on a proposal to grant Egyptian nationality to investors as a means of encouraging foreign investment. The proposal, drafted by the government and being reviewed by parliament’s Suggestions and Complaints Committee, gives investors the right to apply for nationality after living and investing in Egypt for five years or more.

The draft law has triggered sharp divisions in the House of Representatives and among analysts, with speculation over whether Egypt is out of solutions for its economic crisis. Samir Sabri, the lawyer who filed the suit, said in his complaint that the proposed law violated Article 6 of the constitution, which states that nationality can only be granted to someone born to an Egyptian mother or father.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Naturalisation and Marriage
Regions: Egypt
Year: 2016