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Damascus: Ajanib receive equal status in employment matters

Kurdwatch, March 14, 2011—Ajanib now have the same status as Syrian citizens in all areas of employment. The decision by the Ministry for Social Affairs and Labor was taken March 7 and is effective immediately. Until now, ajanib (registered stateless persons) were not allowed to own a business or register one in their own name. They also did not have the right to work as a state employee (such as a teacher, judge, or doctor in a public hospital), nor were they allowed to practice law. The extent to which this decision will be implemented currently remains unclear. For more information on the discrimination that ajanib and maktumin (unregistered stateless people) are subject to in Syria, see the report »Stateless Kurds in Syria - Illegal invaders or victims of a nationalistic policy?«.

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