Egypt grants citizenship to children of Palestinian fathers

Published: 13/Jan/2012
Source: Ma'an News

CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Egyptian Ministry of Interior has granted citizenship to 651 children with non-Egyptian fathers, local media reported.

Minister of Interior Muhammad Ibrahim said the decision would affect 603 children with Palestinian fathers and Egyptian mothers, Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

Prior to 2004, the children of Egyptian women married to foreigners were denied Egyptian citizenship.

Palestinians in Egypt were left out of amendments to the law amid claims that granting them citizenship would contradict the Arab League’s position to protect the Palestinian right of return.

Two years later, the Arab League said there was no connection between the right of return and the right to Egyptian citizenship.

Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage, Nationality and Refugees
Regions: North Africa, Egypt
Year: 2012