State grants 52 stateless Asians Kenyan citizenship

Published: 2/Sep/2021
Source: The Star (Nairobi)


Some 52 stateless Asians living in the country without legal status can now live freely after the government granted them Kenyan citizenship on Thursday.

They are descendants or children of pioneer Asians who came to the country during the British colonial rule but opted to take British citizenship while staying in Kenya.

The British law forbade their children from becoming citizens of the colonial master.

This means that though born and bred in Kenya, they were not eligible to be registered as Kenyan citizens and be issued with documents like Identity cards and passports. They remained stateless.

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Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Naturalisation and Marriage, Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2021