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Damascus: Registered stateless Kurds to be naturalized

KURDWATCH, April 8, 2011—President Bashar al-Assad paved the way for registered stateless people (ajanib) to receive Syrian-Arab citizenship when he signed Decree No. 49 on April 7, 2011. Unregistered stateless people (maktumin) are not included in the decree. It now falls to the Interior Ministry to publish the provisions for the implementation of the decree. Decree No. 49 will take effect once it has been published in the official register. For more on the problem of stateless Kurds in Syria, see the KurdWatch report »Stateless Kurds in Syria – Illegal invaders or victims of a nationalistic policy?«.

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