Kuwait says stateless to be offered Comoros citizenship

The shield of the Kuwait's National Assembly hangs at the entrance of the building in Kuwait City on June 18, 2012Tens of thousands of stateless people in oil-rich Kuwait will be offered citizenship of the impoverished African nation of Comoros to end their decades-old problem, the government said Sunday. The stateless people — known as bidoons — would be granted “special applications for Comoros’ economic citizenship,” Kuwait’s interior ministry assistant undersecretary Major-General Mazen al-Jarrah told Al-Jarida daily. Those who accept the offer would be given free residence permits in Kuwait, in addition to a series of incentives like free education and healthcare and the right to employment, Jarrah was quoted as saying.

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