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Damascus: Number of naturalized ajanib climbs to 51,000

KURDWATCH, September 16, 2011—On September 13, 2011, the Syrian Ministry of the Interior announced that registered stateless people (ajanib), since the passage of Decree 49 on April 7, 2011, have submitted more than 59,000 petitions for the naturalization. The petitions would affect a total of 91,000 people. A total of 51,000 people are said to have already received a Syrian identification card. Moreover, the Ministry has made it clear that there is no time limit for submitting a petition for naturalization. In Darbasiyah, Raʾs al-ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), Tel Tamir, ash-Shadada, and al-Yaʿrubiyah (Tel Koçer) submitted petitions are said to have already been processed.

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