Xinhua (Dar es Salaam 11/11/1998) reports that Tanzania has granted citizenship to more than 1,000 foreigners from 33 countries over the past four years, with the majority of them from Burundi, Deputy Home Affairs Minister John Mgeja said Wednesday.
Since 1995, a total of 531 Burundians have been naturalized, followed by people from India and Uganda, each with 190. Others are from Somalia with 166 people, Yemen with 27, Pakistan 26, Kenya and Rwanda, 25 respectively, Greece 11, as well as Britain, 10, and Ethiopia, 9, reports reaching here said.
One stateless people was also given citizenship over the period under review, said Mgeja, who was answering a question at the National Assembly by a member of parliament in the central city of Dodoma.
Mgeja said the government uses various organs such as police, national intelligence and the immigration in scrutinizing applicants. At the same time, he called on the public to cooperate in finding out problems in immigration exercise by airing opinions.