Lobby wants refugees married to Kenyans granted citizenship

Published: 8/Fév/2023
Source: The Star (Nairobi)

Haki na Sheria Initiative has filed a petition in a Garissa court.

By Emmanuel Wanjala

In Summary

  • Article 15(1) of the Constitution grants foreigners married to Kenyan citizens for seven years and above to register for citizenship.
  • But Section 11 of the Citizenship and Immigration Act says foreigners married to Kenyans must have residency status in Kenya in order to be registered for citizenship.

A lobby group has moved to court seeking to have refugees married to Kenyans granted citizenship.

The petition filed by Haki na Sheria Initiative in a Garissa court raises questions about the legal and administrative hurdles presented by the Citizen and Immigration Act in the registration of refugees for citizenship by marriage as stipulated by the Constitution.

Read further: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2023-02-08-lobby-wants-refugees-married-to-kenyans-granted-citizenship/

Themes: Naturalisation et le mariage, Nationalité des réfugiés
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2023