Comoros says abuse of passports-for-cash scheme worries Gulf allies

Published: 20/Jan/2018
Source: Reuters

By Ali Amir Ahmed

MORONI (Reuters) – Comoros has sold citizenship to nearly 52,000 foreigners since 2009, the government said in the first official statement on the scale of a passports-for-cash deal with Gulf states.

Most of the documents had been sold under an approved scheme but there had been abuses that led to some Iranians buying passports, which had sparked tensions with Gulf allies, the country’s foreign minister said.

Comoros struck a deal with the United Arab Emirates in 2008 to sell economic citizenship to stateless Bidoon people living in the Gulf in exchange for cash for the poor Indian Ocean nation. However, the Comoros parliament is investigating complaints of corruption and procedures not being followed.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage, ID Documents and Passports, Statelessness
Regions: Comoros
Year: 2018